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CIA nominee regrets agency undertook harsh interrogation

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Gerardo Duncan | 15 May, 2018, 22:43

Thailand found itself at the centre of a confirmation hearing for Gina Haspel as the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which has dominated USA media and talk shows for weeks.

Similar language was employed in editorials in both the Washington Post and the New York Times, in which the two leading pro-Democratic Party newspapers opposed Haspel's nomination because she failed to declare torture immoral during her testimony before the Intelligence Committee. John McCain is ailing and unlikely to vote on the nomination and Sen.

"I'm going to support Gina Haspel's nomination to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency".

She had her testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, which was widely seen as a positive performance.

Haspel wrote that she has "learned the hard lessons since 9/11". Mark Warner, D-Va., who is among key Democrats whose votes will be crucial in the narrowly divided GOP Senate, especially after Republican Sen.

Last week, Haspel said she would not permit the spy agency to restart any kind of harsh detention and interrogation programmes. Haspel was assured of a favorable vote from the committee, which has an 8-7 Republican majority, when Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced they would support her nomination.

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.

Manchin, Donnelly and Heitkamp all are running for reelection in states that Trump won by wide margins in 2016.

Haspel's reluctance to condemn the interrogation techniques spurred Republican Sen. Trump blasts White House leakers as "traitors" Haspel confirmation vote set for Wednesday The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by CVS Health - Trump makes history with foreign policy decisions MORE (Ind.) have said they will vote for Haspel.

"Someone who has been an active participant and enthusiast for torture is not someone who should represent America", Paul said in an interview as he left the Senate for the week on Thursday.

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