Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Second Democrat Announces Support For Haspel Nomination As CIA Director

Second Democrat Announces Support For Haspel Nomination As CIA Director

The 61-year-old Kentucky native is likely to promise that, if confirmed, she will oppose any efforts to revive the torture techniques used during the George W. Bush administration after the 9/11 terrorist attacks against America.

Donnelly's support, along with that of Democratic Sen. Senators would like to see what her role was in the CIA's rendition, detention and interrogation program after she returned from Thailand to the agency's counterterrorism center.

Opponents of Haspel's confirmation also cited an order given in her name directing Central Intelligence Agency agents to destroy tapes of interrogation sessions at so-called "black sites", secretive prisons for terror suspects. McCain, who is battling stage IV brain cancer from his home in Arizona, is a former prisoner of war who was tortured by his Vietnamese captors in the 1960s and '70s.

Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visited IN earlier this week IN what was billed as a tax reform rally, but practically speaking was an opportunity for Mr. Trump to blast "swamp person" Donnelly for his association with the Democratic Party and voting record.

Now, with both Donnelly and Manchin on board, it seems her position as CIA Director is a foregone conclusion. Mr Trump said Democrats like Donnelly say one thing, "and then they go to Washington and vote for the radical, liberal agenda".

McCain subsequently issued a statement in which he said Haspel's refusal to condemn torture as immoral was "disqualifying".

"After careful consideration, I will support Ms. Haspel's nomination to lead the agency to which she has dedicated her career", Donnelly added. It wound down during President George W. Bush's second term, then was banned by President Barack Obama after stirring domestic and worldwide outrage.

'Importantly, Ms. Haspel expressed to me her commitment to be responsive to congressional oversight and to provide her unvarnished assessment - both to members of Congress and the president'.

We are constrained in assessing Haspel because much about her record is not public.

"Her resume could hardly be better tailored for the specific challenges that our nation faces at this very moment", he said in a recent Senate speech.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has also voiced opposition to Haspel.

In her nomination hearing, Haspel refused to give clear answers.

Donnelly joins fellow Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala.; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Bill Nelson, D-Fla.; and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

Lawmakers grilled Gina Haspel this week in a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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