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Heitkamp to support Haspel for top Central Intelligence Agency job

Heitkamp to support Haspel for top Central Intelligence Agency job”

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 closed doors Wednesday to advance Gina Haspel's nomination as President Donald Trump's CIA director pick, advancing the nominee to a full floor vote where she looks all but assured to win Senate confirmation.

The Senate intelligence committee is expected to vote Wednesday to recommend that the full Senate confirm her.

But four other Democrats have come out in support of Haspel, joining a majority of Republicans and all but assuring her confirmation. 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.

"Gina Haspel has dedicated her life to serving her country and the fearless men and women who work at the Central Intelligence Agency deserve a career professional, like her, to lead them", Nelson said. "Gina Haspel has publicly acknowledged that the CIA's enhanced interrogation program should not have been undertaken and has vowed to uphold our nation's laws and values in leading the agency".

Most likely now that she has the votes to be confirmed, or in the off chance to cast the deciding vote against her, U.S. Senator Doug Jones of Alabama issued a statement late Tuesday afternoon announcing his decision to vote against Haspel.

She ran a black-site prison in Thailand where a high-level terrorist was detained and tortured in 2002.

Haspel also faced tough questions about her involvement in the destruction of 92 videotapes that showed prisoners being waterboarded.

"There is a legal and moral responsibility that comes with operating in secrecy", Sen. The remaining five Democrats had announced their opposition. "We must choose leaders that consistently embody our highest ideals, rather than our darkest moments".

The four Democrats supporting Haspel are: Warner, Manchin, Joe Donnelly of IN, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

Trump has said the country should consider resuming harsh interrogation techniques.

Haspel said that if she was given the order again, she would not support it.

But opponents of Haspel's nomination lament that McCain's fellow Republicans are paying little heed to the Navy veteran's warnings about Haspel. Afterward, he committed to voting for her. Still, McCain said her role "in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing".



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