Will not permit torture if confirmed to run CIA: Haspel

CIA nominee has ties to Kentucky

CIA nominee has ties to Kentucky

While anti-war groups, civil libertarians, and many journalists were appalled by Haspel's "horrid" hearing performance-the current acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency insisted that she is just a "typical middle-class American" with a strong "moral compass" despite her role in the Bush administration's torture program-Donnelly vaguely said in his statement that he believes Haspel "has learned from the past".

Other democrats are also undecided, but Donnelly's support seems likely to shift the numbers in Haspel's favor despite the opposition she has received.

Rand Paul, a Republican, opposed, Haspel still needs support from at least one Democratic senator as well as every other Republican to be confirmed.

During questioning by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee at her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Haspel said she "doesn't believe that torture works". 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.

Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly says he'll support Trump nominee for CIA Director.

Ms. Haspel, 61, rejected Democrats' suggestions that she declassify more information about her background, saying that the director should be subject to agency guidelines on keeping its secrets. John McCain of Arizona, who was tortured as a prisoner in Vietnam, called on the Senate to reject her nomination, citing her refusal in testimony to acknowledge "torture's immorality".

"Hoosiers deserve a senator who will stand up and lead, not a career politician who is constantly trying to evaluate whether a decision is right for reelection or their left-wing donor base", Braun said.

With Donnelly's support, Senate Republicans, who hold a slim 51-49 majority, have a chance to reach the necessary votes in a floor vote.

"Sen. McCain's view of what the country's doing won the day", Graham told AP. Harris has since said she will vote against Haspel's confirmation.

West Virginia's Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat in a state that voted for Mr. Trump by the greatest margin, has also voiced his support for Haspel. "I would bring back waterboarding", Trump said during the campaign, "and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding". McCain is not expected to be in Washington for the vote later this month as he battles an aggressive form of brain cancer.

She warned that confirming Haspel would send a message to allies that the USA approves of what happened after 9-11.

So far one Republican, Sen.

Over the past few days, Mike Braun, the Republican nominee for Senate in IN, attacked Donnelly for being undecided on Haspel's nomination and playing a political game with his vote, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

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