Senator: I will vote against Haspel as nominee

Gina Haspel is meeting with Senators seeking support for her nomination to run the CIA

Yet, that wasn't satisfactory.

Several Democrats, including Sens. Yet, in all, her hearing was not awful.

CNN commentator and former CIA officer Phil Mudd on Wednesday tore into senators who have said they will vote against President Donald Trump's pick to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, saying that he is "pissed off" at the lawmakers' "collective amnesia" when it comes to interrogation techniques.

McCain is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which heard Haspel's testimony Wednesday, but it is unclear if McCain would be able to return for the vote.

"I would not restart, under any circumstances, an interrogation program at CIA", Haspel said when pressed by Sens. You could hear Haspel winding up the pitch for the long, meandering non-answer (an infuriating tradition among candidates for jobs at their confirmation hearings) when Harris (D-Calif.) cut her off with a blunt, "I'd like a yes or no answer".

Another somewhat perplexing exchange came with Democratic Sen. She knew that these abuses were recorded on camera, and she was subsequently involved in the destruction of the recorded material-a choice she said in her hearing she would not make again.

Durham, now the USA attorney in CT, had been tasked by then-Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey with reviewing potential criminal liability in the destruction of the much-discussed interrogation tapes from earlier in the George W. Bush administration.

King caucuses with the Democrats.

A top Democrat on the committee, senator Dianne Feinstein from California, said she had been "disappointed in certain answers". Martin Heinrich of New Mexico.

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However, Haspel refused to answer a question from Sen.

It was clear Haspel was going to be getting plenty of air cover supporting her nomination in media markets with vulnerable incumbent Democratic senators, particularly since Republican Sen.

Numerous other Senate Democrats who, like Manchin, face hotly contested races in 2018, have not yet weighed in on the Haspel nomination.

An undercover officer for most of her 33-year career, Haspel in 2002 served as CIA station chief in Thailand, where the agency interrogated suspected al Qaeda extremists at a secret prison using methods including waterboarding.

Haspel dove into the complicated and nuanced thinking that went into the decision made 17 years ago as best she could for an audience that didn't want to know the real answer because it had already made up its mind that President Donald Trump's Central Intelligence Agency nominee had to be axed for political reasons. The biggest news, as predicted, was Haspel's pledge to not allow a restart of "enhanced interrogation techniques" now explicitly barred by law and executive order, although she mainly parried attempts to pin her down on the morality of those policies.

A new letter released Wednesday from more than 100 former US ambassadors said Haspel's confirmation would undermine diplomatic efforts to discourage torture by tyrants in other countries. The Daily Independent reached out to The White House Wednesday to see if it could get more information on the Ashland connection but there was no response.

But Haspel was reportedly in charge of the site the following month when Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri - an al-Qaida suspect accused of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole - was waterboarded three times. She tweeted, "Anyone who thinks Gina Haspel is a win for "women's empowerment" doesn't understand that there's a huge difference between being a feminist and being a woman who benefitted from feminism".

So, it's a shame Ms. Haspel has to be subjected to this nonsense, but I would bet the mortgage that she would be confirmed.

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