06:26Trump Praises Gina Haspel for Doing 'Spectacular Job' at Senate Hearing


McCain's opinion carries great weight because he is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former prisoner of war who was tortured by the Viet Cong in Hanoi during the Vietnam War.

McCain, who has remained in Arizona since the end of past year, was not expected to return for any votes this month.

"We were anxious about an irresponsible leak of our officers' faces to the world", she said. She emphasized repeatedly that the techniques had been authorized by the US government's highest legal authorities and by President George W. Bush. Jon Tester of Montana said Tuesday he'd vote no.

King caucuses with the Democrats. Republicans make up eight of the 15 members of the panel, and they all indicated Wednesday that they would support Haspel when the committee votes in the next few weeks.

Most Republicans, except Sen.

Haspel ultimately needs a tied vote or better in the Senate to be confirmed.

More than 100 former USA ambassadors who served both Republican and Democratic presidents sent the Senate a letter opposing Haspel, saying that despite her credentials, confirming her would give authoritarian leaders around the world the license to say US behavior is "no different from ours". However, she said she supports the "higher moral standards" that the country has since adopted that ban torture.

McCain's opposition to Haspel's nomination marked the latest instance in which the Arizona senator broke with Trump. Trump has consistently advocated for torture as an interrogation technique, saying "torture works" during his presidential campaign and, in January 2017, that we need "to fight fire with fire". No Democrats have announced support for Haspel so far. She testified that her boss made the decision to destroy 92 tapes of a single detainee as a security matter and she agreed because "I understood our officers' faces were on them". She asked whether Haspel would agree with that statement.

"I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense".

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME notes that the president as a candidate repeatedly expressed his support for waterboarding.

McCain said Haspel had a chance to "explain her involvement in the so-called enhanced interrogation program during the Bush administration, and account for the mistakes the country made in torturing detainees held" after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. She says that other agencies have that expertise.

Reed asked Haspel if she had ever met alone with President Trump.

McCain argued that Haspel had failed during a lengthy confirmation hearing to address concerns related to enhanced interrogation.

Haspel said she doesn't believe Trump would ask her to resume waterboarding.

Torture wasn't moral 17 years ago, and despite Haspel's aw-schucks silver-tongued promises, it's not a far stretch to think a Central Intelligence Agency director all too familiar with such reprehensible practices could put us on an enhanced handcart to hell. It is not known where Haspel was in 2003, but, in an unexpected twist, The New York Times reported this week that Mohammed asked a military judge at Guantánamo Bay for permission to share six paragraphs of information about Haspel with the Senate Intelligence Committee. Paul and respects his positions enormously", said Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short, "we hope that Sen.

Intelligence Committee members focused much of their questioning on Haspel's 2002 oversight of a secret "black site" in Thailand where suspected terrorists were subjected to waterboarding and confined in coffin-shaped boxes for hours during the George W. Bush administration.

Burr says some may seek to turn her nomination into a trial about a long-shuttered program.

A new letter released Wednesday from more than 100 former USA ambassadors said Haspel's confirmation would undermine diplomatic efforts to discourage torture by tyrants in other countries.

Protesters disrupted the hearing shouting, "Prosecute the torturers!" and "Bloody Gina!"