USA senators asked to block Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director pick

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Democrat Senator Joe Donnelly says he will be voting to confirm CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel.

"I believe she has learned from the past", he said, also citing the "strong support of both her colleagues at the agency and former CIA directors [Michael] Hayden, [Leon] Panetta and [John] Brennan, who served under Presidents Bush and Obama". Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia - who also is up for reelection in a state that went for Trump - announced earlier this week that he would support Haspel's nomination.

Supporters of Haspel are pushing for votes by the Senate intelligence committee and the full Senate before the Memorial Day break, at the end of the month.

Others disagree two senators both from states that voted Trump, have backed Haspel's nomination.

Haspel made clear in the hearing that she did not think it was the role of the Central Intelligence Agency to interrogate suspects, but failed to condemn its use of waterboarding and other advanced interrogation tactics in the wake of 9/11. John McCain, a Republican who is still recovering from treatment for brain cancer and would likely not return in time for the Haspel vote, is firmly against the nomination.

The Indiana senator issued a statement after meeting with Haspel, saying they had "a tough, frank, and extensive discussion" about her role in the top position at the CIA, as well as her views on controversial enhanced interrogations practices used by the spy agency against terrorist suspects under the Bush administration, according to The Washington Post.


For those who feel torture to be an unacceptably extreme measure of interrogation, reprehensible, and of gross moral turpitude, I posit the following scenario.

"I think the techniques we used were not torture".

Presented with Trump's stated support for such techniques, Haspel said she did not "believe that torture works". The duo said that they would vote against her confirmation.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, who was tortured during almost six years of captivity during Vietnam, opposes Haspel's nomination. Angus King of ME and Democratic Sens. Should a group of terrorists kidnap your child and one of the terrorists was apprehended by the police, would you not want law enforcement to use every method possible to locate your child?

After graduating from high school in England, Haspel returned to the U.S.to attend college - she started at the University of Kentucky majoring in journalism before moving across the state and graduating with honors from the University of Louisville.

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