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GOP pushes for speedy confirmation vote for Central Intelligence Agency nominee

17 May 2018

Several Democratic senators and human rights organizations insist on scapegoating Haspel, even though she said she would oppose an order from President Donald Trump to restore the torture program. "My questions about Ms. Haspel's role in the destruction of videotapes relevant to discussions occurring in Congress regarding the program have not been adequately answered". Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted with Republicans to advance her nomination to the full Senate floor.

In the letter, Paul queries Haspel about the CIA's practices regarding the monitoring of presidential candidates and whether she had any knowledge of surveillance of the Trump campaign - specifically during overseas trips.

"Ms. Haspel is cynically trying to offer mere words in an attempt to win votes to support her confirmation", said Gen. Charles Krulak, former commandant of the Marine Corps.

"Anyone who has carefully studied her record knows that she should be confirmed for three reasons: her qualifications, her character and the spurious nature of her critics" claims ...

The full Senate is now expected to take up Haspel's nomination before the week is out.

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She joined the agency's Counterterrorism Centre on Sept 11, 2001, the day when Al-Qaeda operatives hijacked and crashed four United States airliners, leaving nearly 3,000 dead.

Fortunately, ten senators on the Senate intelligence committee recognized that equality starts with confirming "Bloody Gina", who deserves a chance to commit a new cycle of immoral acts just like past male directors.

Haspel now has the support of the majority of Republicans and endorsements from five Democrats.

"With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken", she wrote in the letter to Warner. She again stopped short of declaring the program immoral and even suggested that members of Congress would have approved of waterboarding, anal feeding and extreme sleep deprivation if only they had been briefed on it.

However, all eight Republicans and two of the seven Democrats earlier expressed support for Haspel.

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Senator Richard Burr, the committee's Republican chairman, said in a statement that Haspel is the best person to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, saying she "has acted morally, ethically, and legally" during her career.

Haspel supervised one of the covert detention sites in Thailand where suspects were harshly interrogated.

Her nomination, however, also was applauded by former top intelligence officials and spy professionals who cited her years of experience at the CIA in mostly undercover posts both in the United States and overseas. Ron Wyden, D-Oreg., said in a statement Wednesday.

Bolstering the comments she made during her hearing, Haspel wrote, "I do not support use of enhanced interrogation techniques for any objective".

Five Democrats have announced that they will vote to confirm Haspel.

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GOP pushes for speedy confirmation vote for Central Intelligence Agency nominee