South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds Undecided on Gina Haspel Vote

Sen. John McCain Says Gina Haspel Is Not The Right Fit To Lead The CIA

Sen. John McCain Says Gina Haspel Is Not The Right Fit To Lead The CIA

A victim of torture as a POW during the Vietnam War, Mr. McCain has urged his Senate colleagues to block her confirmation.

Haspel is expected to win "yes " votes from at least nine of the committee's 15 members, garnering support from all eight Republicans and at least one Democrat, Sen.

An undercover officer for most of her career, Haspel in 2002 served as CIA station chief in Thailand, where the agency conducted interrogations at a secret prison using methods including waterboarding, which is widely viewed as torture.

McCain's comments sparked a fresh debate over now-banned torture techniques ahead of Senate voting. John McCain and Rand Paul have signaled they will buck President Trump and oppose her historic nomination. "There's no one in the Senate who has even remotely the credibility he does on an issue of this kind".

After Wednesday's closed-door committee vote, the full Senate will likely consider her confirmation next week. On the contrary, Brennan was eventually picked by Obama to head the Central Intelligence Agency and now Haspel is set to follow in his footsteps.

"Over the last 17 years, the Agency and I have learned hard lessons since 9/11", Haspel wrote in a letter to Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., who has not yet said how he will vote on Haspel's nomination. He was suggesting, and with good reason, that a Clinton nomination of Haspel would have produced a unanimous vote. The CIA declassified an internal report that cleared her of wrongdoing in the matter, saying she was just following orders. She declared that she would not go along with any effort to revive the waterboarding program, not because it would cause undue suffering to the victims of the torture, but because it might harm the torturers. She has publicly spoken out against it, and it appears voters are less enthused with the controversial technique than they have been in previous surveys. Most importantly, I believe she is someone who can and will stand up to the President if ordered to do something illegal or immoral - like a return to torture. "Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying".

A committee vote on Haspel is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

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