Two Senate Democrats assure Haspel's confirmation as Central Intelligence Agency director

Gina Haspel Now Says CIA Shouldn't Have Conducted Its Interrogation Program

Gina Haspel Now Says CIA Shouldn't Have Conducted Its Interrogation Program

Former Vice President Dick Cheney stood by the CIA's controversial torture program and said interrogation techniques like waterboarding should still be in place. Mark Warner, D-Va., the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which plans to vote Wednesday on Haspel's nomination.

But opponents of Haspel's nomination lament that McCain's fellow Republicans are paying little heed to the Navy veteran's warnings about Haspel.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, with Vice President Pence able to break any tie vote.

Gina Haspel's comments came in a letter Tuesday to senators as the Trump administration works to shore up support for her confirmation amid an intensifying public debate over torture. John McCain, Arizona Republican, is not expected because he is home battling cancer.

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The one person who might be able to stop the Senate from voting through President Trump's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency is stuck thousands of miles from the Capitol as a key committee prepares to vote on her nomination. She says, "With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior Agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken". "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.

On Wednesday, Republican members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence are expected to unanimously approve Ms. Haspel's confirmation in a closed-door session which will also tackle the intelligence community's January 2017 assessment of Russian election meddling.

In her Monday letter, Haspel said that she would refuse "to undertake any proposed activity that is contrary to my moral and ethical values".

Despite his own misgivings with President Trump, Brennan has signaled his support for Haspel on Twitter. But Rodriguez said in a recent interview with ProPublica that he told Haspel ahead of time that he meant to issue the order on his own, without informing Goss first. "There's no one in the Senate who has even remotely the credibility he does on an issue of this kind".

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