Donnelly Becomes Second Democrat to Support Gina Haspel to Lead the Central Intelligence Agency

Donnelly Becomes Second Democrat to Support Gina Haspel to Lead the Central Intelligence Agency

The same night, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Penceappeared together IN at a rally IN support of Donnelly's Republican challenger Mike Braun.

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) are the only Republicans who have publicly said they will not support Haspel, while Sen.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, who was tortured during almost six years of captivity during Vietnam, opposes Haspel's nomination.

The Trump White House had to dig deep into the Washington "swamp" to find Gina Haspel, the new nominee.

Now, with both Donnelly and Manchin on board, it seems her position as CIA Director is a foregone conclusion.

The Intelligence Committee is expected to vote to advance her nomination to the floor during a closed business meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning, and a Saturday morning announcement by Indiana Democratic Sen.

"Was Haspel simply a loyal dupe, unable to protest an accused man being sent to certain barbaric torture?"

"I had a tough, frank and extensive discussion with Ms. Haspel on a wide range of topics".

Haspel, 61, whom Trump nominated to head the agency in March, has come under fire for overseeing a CIA black site in Thailand in 2002 where terror suspects were tortured.

Donnelly says Haspel also pledged to provide what he calls "unvarnished assessments" to both Congress and the president.

Under questioning, Haspel made an incredible admission: Trapped in a straitjacket of bureaucratic "guidelines", as acting director she had decided what could be DE-classified in regard to her own operations record.

Yes, torture was used at her prison but it was legally-authorized at the time and she knows full well that those techniques are outlawed today. And in 2005, under her boss's direction, she drafted a cable ordering the agency to destroy more than 90 videotapes of its interrogation of that man.

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.

As Gina Haspel tells it, her life was "right out of a spy novel".

"Through the confirmation process, the American public will get to know her for the first time", Central Intelligence Agency spokesman Ryan Tranpani said.

Sen. Donnelly joins Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat, said at the top of the hearing. Doug Jones, D-Ala.; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Bill Nelson, D-Fla.; and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

At Haspel's confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, she was pressed on how she now viewed torture and whether she would ever revive the program, even if President Trump ordered her to.

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