John McCain Urges Senate To Reject Nominee For CIA Head Over Torture Support

"I believe that she has learned from the past, and that the Central Intelligence Agency under her leadership can help our country confront serious global threats and challenges", Donnelly said in a statement.

"After careful consideration, I will support Ms. Haspel's nomination to lead the agency to which she has dedicated her career", Donnelly added.

Rand Paul, a Republican, opposed, Haspel still needs support from at least one Democratic senator as well as every other Republican to be confirmed.

Senator John McCain, one of the strongest critics of Trump's policies, said after Haspel's much-anticipated confirmation hearing on Wednesday that "her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying". Kamala Harris to get her to condemn what the agency did in the past. "I have also reviewed her record and her testimony before Congress", Donnelly said.

The problem for Haspel is that senators inclined to extend such a dispensation to her for her role in those frightening times must contend with the fact that she would be serving a president who looks back at those days and apparently likes what he sees.


During her confirmation hearing before the Senate, Haspel said she would not restart the interrogation programs used in the past and would resist any efforts from the president to implement the tactics into the USA war on terror once again.

With Donnelly's support, Senate Republicans, who hold a slim 51-49 majority, have a chance to reach the necessary votes in a floor vote.

A White House official dismissed McCain's opposition to Haspel during a staff meeting, saying "it doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway, " two people in the room said. While she grew up overseas, as her father was in the Air Force, "Kentucky was always her home away from home", according to her biography on the CIA's website.

"Sen. McCain's view of what the country's doing won the day", Graham told AP.

During her confirmation hearing, Haspel pledged to abide by the current law that forbids those methods and that she would reject an order from Trump to use those techniques against a terrorist now.


Fairly or not, Haspel has to bear the weight of those words as well as her own actions.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to vote on Haspel next week, and the full Senate later this month.

West Virginia's Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat in a state that voted for Mr. Trump by the greatest margin, has also voiced his support for Haspel.

She warned that confirming Haspel would send a message to allies that the US approves of what happened after 9-11.

Over the past few days, Mike Braun, the Republican nominee for Senate in IN, attacked Donnelly for being undecided on Haspel's nomination and playing a political game with his vote, the Washington Free Beacon reported.


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