Sen. Mark Warner to Support Gina Haspel for CIA Director. Grrrrrrrr
15 May, 2018, 22:41 | Author: Orlando Hughes
The CIA's interrogation program is in the spotlight again as Gina Haspel - who once ran a secret Thailand prison that used waterboarding - is poised to become CIA director, if she can get confirmed by the US Senate. "The United States must be an example to the rest of the world, and I support that", Haspel said.
According to the Washington Post, a study the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that "the CIA's use of torture and other harsh interrogation techniques did not produce unique, critical intelligence that had not been replicated elsewhere or obtained through other means".
"I'm going to support Gina Haspel's nomination to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency".
On Wednesday, Republican members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence are expected to unanimously approve Ms. Haspel's confirmation in a closed-door session which will also tackle the intelligence community's January 2017 assessment of Russian election meddling.
"With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken", Haspel told Sen.
Warner's vote is crucial for Haspel, given that GOP Sen.
Both Donnelly and Manchin are running for reelection this year in states that President Trump carried easily in 2016, and Donnelly, in particular, was being attacked for his supposed opposition to Haspel as late as Thursday, when Trump spoke at a campaign rally in Elkhart, Indiana and called for a vote for his Republican opponent, millionaire businessman Mike Braun.
There are valid questions that have been raised regarding the Acting Director's record, and I have been frank with Ms. Haspel that I wish she had been more open with the American public during this process. John McCain of Arizona is absent.
Haspel has been facing a potentially close confirmation vote. Thus far two Democrats, Sen. Asked about the Iran nuclear deal that Trump withdrew from last week, she said that Iran had continued to substantially meet its commitments, including by observing limits on its centrifuges and amounts of low-enriched uranium and by not pursuing the original design of its heavy water research reactor. A committee vote is expected Wednesday.
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