Democrats may get Central Intelligence Agency nominee Haspel over line

CIA nominee Gina Haspel testifies during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill Wednesday

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted on Wednesday to send Gina Haspel's nomination to the floor, setting up a final vote on the nominee as soon as this week.

But she would not disclose any details of what she did in connection with the interrogation program or say whether she thought it had been immoral.

The CIA's post-9/11 enhanced interrogation program that Haspel was involved with, as well as torture methods and waterboarding, have been contentious topics generally split along party lines. "As a cosponsor of the McCain-Feinstein amendment that banned enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, I appreciated Ms. Haspel's commitment that she "would not fail to reject a proposal" that is "contrary to [her] moral and ethical values" or that is inconsistent with 'CIA's mission, expertise, and the law'".

Wyden said he would continue to seek the declassification of a Justice Department report about the destruction of more than 90 videotapes showing the harsh interrogation of one terror suspect.

It will make Haspel, a 61-year-old Russian Federation specialist, the first-ever woman to lead the CIA, and the first director who spent their entire career in the agency's clandestine services.

All eight Republicans and two of the seven Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee supported Haspel. There is no learning curve at the Central Intelligence Agency for Gina Haspel.

"After spending several weeks carefully evaluating all of the information available to me about Ms. Haspel and her career, reviewing her confirmation hearing, speaking with current and former public officials, and meeting with her in person yesterday, I have come to the conclusion that I cannot support her confirmation as the Director of the CIA", Jones said in a statement that might appease some of those in his base - three weeks before a primary election - who have been disgruntled with his vote for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other actions that seemed be less than critical of the Trump administration than he could have been.

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Republicans hold a 51-49 Senate majority, making for a 52-47 vote with McCain recovering from surgery. Haspel danced around those queries by saying she would not restart the program and that she supports the current "stricter moral standard" after Congress changed the law.

"Whereas I will not condemn people who made these laborious calls, and I've famous the precious intelligence collected, this system in the end did harm to our officers and our standing on the planet", Haspel continued.

Haspel said in her confirmation hearing that she would disobey any order from Trump to revive such techniques. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the panel.

'[I] t was a mistake not to brief the entire Committee at the beginning, ' she wrote.

"This country has not held any officials accountable for the use of torture, so it's even more outrageous that the government is considering someone to the chief intelligence position in spite of her alleged participation in that clearly illegal and immoral activity."

Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, are opposed to Haspel's nomination, and McCain isn't expected to be back in Washington for the vote while he battles brain cancer.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Gerald Staberock, secretary general of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), said Haspel's expected confirmation is a "terrible message by the U.S. that torture is not a crime". Jeff Flake of Arizona has raised concerns about the nominee.

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