Sunday, 27 May, 2018

Sen. Donnelly backs Gina Haspel, making Central Intelligence Agency nominee's confirmation more likely

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Leonard Rios | 13 May, 2018, 02:06

"For those reasons, and after careful consideration, I will support Ms. Haspel's nomination to lead the agency to which she has dedicated her career", he added. She faced sharp questioning from Democrats over her role in the agency's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques", commonly referred to as torture, on terrorist suspects.

In the Foster's Associated Press posting, "Haspel: Torture doesn't work for interrogation", the acting CIA Director Gina Haspel said she doesn't believe torture works as an interrogation technique and that her "strong moral compass" would prevent her from carrying out any order she found objectionable.

In recent days, senators coming out against Haspel include independent Angus King of ME, and Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, both from California, Elizabeth Warren of MA, and Tim Kaine of Virginia.

Haspel, now the acting director of the CIA, told members of the Senate intelligence committee during her confirmation hearing on Wednesday that, if confirmed, she would not restart the interrogation program. Mr Trump said Democrats like Donnelly say one thing, "and then they go to Washington and vote for the radical, liberal agenda".

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Supporters of Haspel are pushing for votes by the Senate intelligence committee and the full Senate before the Memorial Day break, at the end of the month.

Sen. Donnelly joins Democratic Sen. While some senators still have not publicly declared their position, Donnelly's backing is likely to give Haspel enough support to win at least 50 votes, the bare minimum for confirmation. Haspel spoke in Russian at one point, underscoring her long experience running clandestine operations against Russia, these people said.

Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has spoken out against Haspel's candidacy in the past, even vowing to filibuster her nomination. McCain is recovering from surgery related to his brain cancer in Arizona and was not expected to be present when the Senate votes on Haspel's nomination.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is the only other Republican who is publicly considering opposing Haspel - in part because of his respect for McCain, a prisoner of war during the Vietnam conflict. In her testimony, Haspel defended the use of torture under her watch, saying the decision was necessary in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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