CIA nominee regrets agency undertook harsh interrogation

CIA nominee regrets agency undertook harsh interrogation

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, declared that the agency should not have undertaken its interrogation program in which al-Qaida detainees were tortured after the September 11 attacks - a condemnation she refused to make at her confirmation hearing last week.

Warner and Heitkamp's endorsement follows Haspel support from Democratic Sens.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is to vote Wednesday at a closed-door session to approve Haspel's nomination and send it to the full Senate.

Haspel said that if she was given the order again, she would not support it.

Haspel's comments may help to persuade skeptical Democrats to support her confirmation, which appears all but assured now that two Democratic senators have publicly said they will vote for her.

Haspel defended the work of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time and said the interrogation program was deemed legal then.

While most Senate Democrats, including Intelligence Committee veterans like Dianne Feinstein, have announced their opposition to Haspel's nomination, their pretensions to oppose torture and demand a higher moral standard in the CIA leadership are belied by their own records.

"While I won't condemn those that made these hard calls, and I have noted the valuable intelligence collected, the program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world", Haspel wrote Warner. Joe Manchin (WV) and Joe Donnelly (IN).

She needs only 50 votes but Republicans enjoy just a slim 51-49 majority in the chamber.

"Ms. Haspel's involvement in torture is deeply troubling, as my friend and colleague, John McCain, so eloquently reminded us".

Haspel's written responses also briefly addressed other important issues that did not come up at her hearing.

"I think Brennan did a good job in his position", Sanders said. 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.

Though Haspel's nomination has gained steam, it's not yet a given that she will confirmed.

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