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Senate Intelligence Committee poised to endorse Gina Haspel as next CIA director

Senate Intelligence Committee poised to endorse Gina Haspel as next CIA director

Senate Intelligence Committee poised to endorse Gina Haspel as next CIA director

The CIA's interrogation program is in the spotlight again as Gina Haspel - who once ran a secret Thailand prison that used waterboarding - is poised to become CIA director, if she can get confirmed by the US Senate.

Underneath questioning Wednesday in entrance of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Haspel mentioned she wouldn't allow the CIA to restart the tough interrogation program it beforehand ran, including that she did not "imagine that torture works".

Haspel was assured of a favorable vote from the committee, which has an 8-7 Republican majority, when Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced they would support her nomination.

Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Haspel said that the controversial methods that sought to gain information from terrorism suspects in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks "did damage to our officers and our standing in the world".

To appoint the head of the Central intelligence Agency Gina Haspel, now acting Director of the CIA, proposed by President Donald trump. 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.

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McCain, a war hero who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, is one of just two Republicans who have announced they will vote against her.

He said Haspel had not been straightforward to him in her answers at her hearing about whether she was aware the White House and other administration officials were against destroying the tapes at the time. John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky to announce their opposition to her confirmation.

"It's not just the issue of torture", he said.

Despite his own misgivings with President Trump, Brennan has signaled his support for Haspel on Twitter. "It's a key part of how evasive she's been". But by the time he released the statement, two key swing votes on the committee, Manchin and GOP moderate Senator Susan Collins of ME, had already announced they would vote for Haspel. "And we hope that the Senate takes it upon themselves to confirm her".

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