McCain urges Senate to reject Central Intelligence Agency nomination

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain R-Ariz. pauses before speaking to reporters during a meeting of the National Defense Authorization Act conferees on Capitol Hill in Washington

Sen. McCain, a Navy pilot who was beaten in captivity during the Vietnam War, has urged his fellow senators to reject Haspel.

Despite battling brain cancer with a dire prognosis, Sen.

Haspel, now the spy agency's acting director, told her Senate confirmation hearing she would not carry out any order from Trump she found morally objectionable, though she did not say she would refuse an order to use waterboarding, a form of simulated torture, to get answers from a terrorism suspect.

He says the methods the USA employs to keep the nation safe must be as right and just as the values that Americans aspire to live up to and promote in the world. In our political climate, the impulse to ostracize and demonize opponents prompts some to label McCain and King as "pro-terrorist" or "anti-CIA" or simply "anti-Trump".

"She would bring more direct, hard-earned experience to the role of CIA director than any leader in the agency's history", McConnell said Wednesday in a statement. The hearing produced no startling revelations about her. Haspel stated that, if confirmed, she would not restart the now-repudiated detention and interrogation program.

"I have the utmost respect for Senator McCain, and I appreciate the thoughtfulness with which he has approached this nomination process". And she reportedly has the confidence of managers and rank-and-file employees at the agency.

The tipping point for him seems to be Haspel's role in the destruction of interrogation tapes, a knotty issue we've discussed at length.

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King caucuses with the Democrats.

South Carolina Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, are expected to vote for Haspel. Vice President Mike Pence can be relied on to break a tie. Reasonable people, good people, don't say things like that.

However, the report has been made available only for members of the Intelligence Committee. I know that victims of torture will offer intentionally misleading information if they think their captors will believe it.

Her performance appeared to persuade at least two key senators - Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican, and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin. She rose to become CIA deputy director and is now President Donald Trump's nominee to run the agency.

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND): "Acting Director Haspel is a dedicated public servant who has demonstrated she is qualified to head the Central Intelligence Agency". She told them she doesn't believe torture works.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME notes that the president as a candidate repeatedly expressed his support for waterboarding. Meghan McCain has not yet commented on it, but The Daily Caller reported she will address it on "The View" on Friday.

The reactions have been swift-now including John McCain's wife Cindy and daughter Meghan. With the country vulnerable, President George W. Bush's administration crafted legal memos that permitted harsh interrogation techniques including waterboarding.

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