Kentuckian nominated to head Central Intelligence Agency earns praise, faces criticism


When Tapper asked Harris about that, the senator said, "It's very important to have women in all these positions, but I'm not going to accept a false choice that you either accept a woman or you accept someone who has not admitted that torture is morally wrong".

Haspel, who spent more than 30 years as a covert agent before becoming the CIA's deputy director last year, also faced questions about her involvement in the destruction of 92 videotapes that showed a prisoner being waterboarded.

He also complained that some of her responses during Wednesday's confirmation hearing were "narrowly crafted and evasive".

Protesters disrupted the hearing shouting, "Prosecute the torturers!" and "Bloody Gina!" "Is it because she's a woman, or because they're no longer able to put national security above the partisan obstruction their far-left base demands?"

McCain, who is home at his ranch in Arizona as he battles brain cancer, made the statement after Haspel testified in her confirmation on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning.

Despite her opening remarks, where Haspel said that she would not restart any Central Intelligence Agency detention and interrogation program, multiple Democratic senators pressed for her personal thoughts on Central Intelligence Agency interrogation methods that were once legal - including waterboarding.

Asked whether she would once again support an order to destroy the tapes, Haspel said she would not, but only on procedural grounds.

Durham, now the US attorney in CT, had been tasked by then-Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey with reviewing potential criminal liability in the destruction of the much-discussed interrogation tapes from earlier in the George W. Bush administration.

"I'm not a huge fan of waterboarding", Tester said Tuesday in stating his opposition to Haspel, according to a CNN report.

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The Times did not specifically mention that the interrogation techniques in question had been approved by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) advising the Executive Branch, which meant that Haspel herself had no control over whether the techniques were approved.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, is one Democrat who may vote for her, as well as Angus King, I-Maine.

"Do you think a transcript that says, 'The detainee continued to scream, ' or, 'The detainee appeared to be drowning, ' has the same gravity, the same reality as an actual video?"

"My moral compass is strong", Ms Haspel told the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Trump, who has spoken approvingly of waterboarding and other torture tactics, has loudly supported Haspel. Many Democrats wanted to know if Haspel personally felt the interrogation program was immoral. "Talk about your sense of obligation to present those facts and to speak truth to power at a moment when it matters", Blunt urged Haspel. (Most Republicans were forced by the Democrat attack to defended Haspel.) For example: With conflicting intelligence about whether Iran is violating the deal to pause its quest for nuclear weapons, what could Haspel add to our understanding of the disagreement? Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying.

"I would not", said Heinrich, prompting Tur to push back.

Instead, I was offended by her refusal to answer Sen. "The C.I.A. wants her to lead them into America's bright and glorious future!" Jon Tester of Montana and Brian Schatz of Hawaii, have now said they will oppose Haspel's nomination.

Haspel, who was introduced Wednesday by former Sens. Rodriguez issued the order without informing then-CIA director Porter Goss ahead of time, Haspel said.