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US Senate panel advances Trump nominee Haspel for head of Central Intelligence Agency

US Senate panel advances Trump nominee Haspel for head of Central Intelligence Agency

At her confirmation hearing last week, Haspel promised the Intelligence Committee that she would not restart the CIA's torture program, even if pressured to do so by President Trump. "She has acted morally, ethically, and legally, over a distinguished 30-year career and is the right person to lead the Agency into an uncertain and challenging future".

Pressure on Democrats mounted late Wednesday after a third Republican, Sen.

The Senate intelligence committee has recommended that the full Senate confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA.

"Anyone who has carefully studied her record knows that she should be confirmed for three reasons: her qualifications, her character and the spurious nature of her critics" claims ...

Several senators said Haspel was not forthcoming in answering questions about her role in the torture program or the CIA's decision to destroy video-taped evidence of the sessions. Republican Senator John McCain, who was tortured during years spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, led a push to reject Haspel after she refused to describe the interrogation methods used after the 9/11 attacks as "immoral".

She is now the deputy director.

Indiana Republican Todd Young tweeted last week that Haspel is "incredibly experienced and qualified", and said he looks forward to supporting her nomination.

"While I thank Ms. Haspel for her long and dedicated service to the CIA, as a country we need to turn the page on the unfortunate chapter in the agency's history having to do with torture", Flake said in a statement Wednesday evening.

The committee's eight Republicans were joined by Democrats Mark Warner of Virginia and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. "I believe that she will be a strong advocate for the Agency's workforce, and an independent voice who can and will stand up on behalf of our nation's intelligence community".

Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, are opposed to Haspel's nomination, and McCain isn't expected to be back in Washington for the vote while he battles brain cancer.

"Torture is unacceptable, immoral and illegal".

The intelligence Committee of the U.S. Senate voted for Gina was Haspel to head the CIA.

Staberock also said that when Haspel goes around the world, she will have "zero authority" to speak against abuse and torture in other countries. The split makes it crucial for Haspel to get support from the opposition to cross the 51 threshhold for confirmation.

"Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing". He said he's convinced that Haspel could and would stand up to Trump, who has voiced support for waterboarding and has said "torture works". Several Democrats and at least one Republican say the full Senate should have access to a classified Justice Department report written by John Durham, the special prosecutor who investigated the destruction of the Central Intelligence Agency interrogation tapes but did not bring charges.

In an interview, Gerald Staberock, secretary general of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), said Haspel's expected confirmation is a "terrible message by the United States that torture is not a crime".