Senate Committee Confirms Haspel, Wyden Alleges "Abuse of Power"

CIA director nominee Gina Haspel is greeted by Sen. Mark Warner before her confirmation hearing

Kevin Lamarque Reuters CIA director nominee Gina Haspel is greeted by Sen. Mark Warner before her confirmation hearing

At her confirmation hearing, Haspel repudiated the programs and said she would not allow their return.

She is a career intelligence official, but her nomination has been controversial because she was involved in the CIA's post-9/11 program of detaining and harshly interrogating terror suspects. Harris said Haspel running the CIA would not be the best "signal to the workforce of that agency, to the American people or to our neighbors around the globe". Haspel was favorably reported out of the Committee by a vote of 10-5 and her nomination will now be considered by the full Senate.

In a series of tweets, Indivisible's foreign policy manager Elizabeth Beavers called out each Democrat who has said they will vote for Haspel and highlighted some particularly gruesome details from the Central Intelligence Agency torture program Haspel helped impose. Warner was one of three Democrats Tuesday who said they would vote for her, bringing the total to five.

Haspel, the CIA's acting director, earned support from the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, Sen. Four Democrats and one Independent voted against Haspel, including: Sens. "Her nomination has support from national security leaders and senators in both parties", McConnell said in a statement Wednesday morning.

"I do not consider that torture works", she advised the committee, however stopped in need of saying whether or not the interrogation program was "immoral" or ought to have been carried out.

Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee talks with Warner during Haspel's confirmation

'Gina Haspel is the most qualified person the President could choose to lead the CIA and the most prepared nominee in the 70 year history of the Agency, ' Burr said Wednesday.

According to Politico, liberal Senators Warner, Heitkamp, and Nelson moved from "undecided" to the "yes camp" on Haspel, a decades long member of the intelligence community and CIA operative. A handful of other Democrats have also given her their support, and she is expected to be confirmed by the GOP-controlled Senate. "Gina Haspel failed that test", said Krulak, who organized a letter signed by more than 100 retired generals and admirals expressing concern over her nomination. As a 2014 Senate Select Committee report noted, torture can impair memory (through sleep deprivation alone) and cause subjects to confess falsely simply to stop the discomfort. And in 2005, under her boss's direction, she drafted a cable ordering the agency to destroy more than 90 videotapes of its interrogation of that man. Mark Warner of Virginia and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Two Republicans, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, are against Haspel's nomination.

Republicans hold a 51-49 Senate majority, making for a 52-47 vote with McCain recovering from surgery. I wanted reassurance from her that she has a moral compass and will stand up to the President and not enable his worst impulses, including getting back in the business of enhanced interrogation. "We're excited about her taking the helm as the full director of this agency and things look really good".

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