Committee Recommends Haspel Confirmation As More Democrats Announce Support


"Anyone who has carefully studied her record knows that she should be confirmed for three reasons: her qualifications, her character and the spurious nature of her critics" claims ...

Haspel, 61, is a native of Kentucky but grew up around the world as the daughter of an Air Force serviceman.

"With the benefit of almost 20 years of hindsight, and from your perspective as the nominee to be Director of the CIA, do you believe the Agency's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" was consistent with American values?"

"Most importantly, I believe she is someone who can and will stand up to the president if ordered to do something illegal or immoral - like a return to torture", Mr. Warner said. National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said Haspel has integrity and both frontline and executive intelligence expertise. She was also asked about a "black site" in Thailand. They said the USA needed to slam closed what was one of the CIA's darkest chapters that tainted America's image with allies overseas.

In short, Haspel prevaricated again ― in response to a question that Warner had clearly posed to give her another chance to earn the public's confidence.

U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, approves Haspel's nomination, he said Tuesday.

But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., did not take that tack.

Most in the Democratic caucus are expected to vote against Haspel - with Sen.

Harris says Haspel's unwillingness to share more detailed information about the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques is "deeply troubling".

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Haspel's nomination moved ahead despite stiff opposition - including from at least three of Trump's fellow Republicans - over her part in the CIA's use of harsh interrogation methods, including waterboarding, a type of simulated drowning widely considered torture, in the years after the September 11 attacks.

At her confirmation hearing last week, Haspel faced sharp questions from Democrats about whether she thought the interrogation program was immoral. "Based on what we've seen, I do not".

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

The Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 to forward her nomination to the entire Senate, virtually assuring that she will earn final approval to lead the USA spy agency, replacing Mike Pompeo, who is now Secretary of State.

Chairman of the Alabama GOP Terry Lathan responded to Sen.

She is expected to have enough votes to be confirmed on the Senate floor.

Less than a month ago, President Trump's nominee for the VA head chose to withdraw his name from consideration as allegations mounted-which he vehemently denied-of his having created a "toxic" work environment and assorted other peccadillos.

The imminent Senate confirmation of veteran Central Intelligence Agency operative Gina Haspel to head Washington's main spy agency is a new milestone in the collapse of American democracy.

Earlier yesterday, United States President Donald Trump took to his Twitter account to showcase his support for Haspel to be elected to the top post in the intelligence agency. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida.