"With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the C.I.A. should have undertaken", she wrote in a letter to the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia.
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The Senate intelligence committee is expected to vote Wednesday to recommend that the full Senate confirm her.
The nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, said in a letter that the spy agency should not have undertaken a harsh interrogation campaign, which included waterboarding terrorism suspects, following the September 11, 2001, attacks. John McCain of Arizona urged colleagues to reject the nominee over her past role in the CIA's 'enhanced interrogations'.
Gina Haspel's nomination to lead the CIA was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday, sending it to a vote by the full Senate where confirmation is all but assured. And former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was integral to the post-Sept.
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.
During her confirmation hearings, she refused to condemn the program, but did make a statement indicating that the agency should not have undertaken its interrogation program in which al Qaeda detainees were tortured after the September 11 attacks of 2001. 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.
Much of the concern over Haspel's nomination has centered around campaign statements made by President Donald Trump, who expressed an eagerness to reinstate certain outlawed practices, including waterboarding.
"As director of the CIA, Gina Haspel will be the first operations officer in more than five decades to lead the agency", Warner said in a statement. Former CIA Director John Brennan contacted her, Warner, and Sens.
"I think it ought to be made available to all senators if not the general public", King said of the Justice Department report. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Bill Nelson of Florida also announced their support for Haspel on Tuesday.
"I do not support use of enhanced interrogation techniques for any goal", Haspel wrote. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have both said they will oppose Trump's choice to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. In November, McCain convinced Manchin to vote against Steven Bradbury to become the general counsel of the Department of Transportation because of his role in crafting the memos that authorized the CIA's use of torture in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. As a candidate, Trump said he supports the use of waterboarding or worse tactics.
But four other Democrats have come out in support of Haspel, joining a majority of Republicans and all but assuring her confirmation.