Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Heitkamp backs Haspel to lead Central Intelligence Agency

Heitkamp backs Haspel to lead Central Intelligence Agency

President Donald Trump's nominee to be CIA director, Gina Haspel, said the agency should not have undertaken a past harsh interrogation program, while asserting that the program yielded "valuable intelligence". John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate GOP anger over McCain insult grows Conway: Heads will roll after latest White House leak McConnell praises McCain: "A genuine American hero" MORE's (Ariz.) opposition to her nomination.

"The United States must be an example to the rest of the world, and I support that", she said in her letter.

Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sen.

Haspel pledged at her confirmation hearing that she would never restart the program, in place in the years after the September 11, 2001 attacks, but did not go as far as saying it should not have been started.

Some democratic Senators have said they will support her nomination, while some republicans are opposed. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

Warner's announcement came after Haspel wrote him to say the Central Intelligence Agency should never have run a harsh detention and interrogation program after 9/11.

Such unusual move former military decided because of suspicions about the possible involvement Haspel to use enhanced interrogation techniques, in other words, the torture of suspects.

With the Republican Party holding only a 51-49 margin in the Senate, cut to 50-49 in practice because of McCain's long absence due to terminal brain cancer, the shift of even one senator had the potential to torpedo the nomination.

McCain's comments sparked a fresh debate over now-banned torture techniques ahead of Senate voting. Asked about the Iran nuclear deal that Trump withdrew from last week, she said that Iran had continued to substantially meet its commitments, including by observing limits on its centrifuges and amounts of low-enriched uranium and by not pursuing the original design of its heavy water research reactor.

"Someone who has been an active participant and enthusiast for torture is not someone who should represent America", Paul said in an interview as he left the Senate for the week on Thursday. A committee vote is expected Wednesday.

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