“I like people that weren’t captured”. McCain noted: “Ms. Haspel’s role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing”.
McCain and Trump have frequently been at odds since Trump was a candidate in the 2016 election.
Also on Thursday, Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of OR, said he wanted to know more about an apparent discrepancy in how Ms. Haspel and Mr. Rodriguez have described their discussions about the tape destruction order.
Haspel, who would be the first Central Intelligence Agency director in five decades to come into the job after a career in clandestine operations, is also a proven administrator.
Gina Haspel says that in hindsight it’s clear that the spy agency was not prepared and did not have the expertise to use techniques like sleep deprivation and waterboarding, which simulates drowning, to get terror suspects to talk. That might have given her an easy path to Senate confirmation as the CIA’s first female director. As he opened the hearing, the panel’s Republican chairman, Richard Burr, praised Haspel. “You could learn a lot about courage, character, humility and empathy from John McCain.”, yet another tweet went on to read.
At least they’re making a bid for honesty.
Nevertheless, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., whose bill Collins cited, said in a written statement that he wouldn’t support Haspel’s nomination. But it was her boss, Jose Rodriguez, former director of the National Clandestine Service, who gave the actual order. Several Democratic senators had already asked for that step.
Rumours have long swirled that Ms Haspel appeared in the tapes.
“Like many Americans, I understand the urgency that drove the decision to resort to so-called enhanced interrogation methods after our country was attacked”, the 81-year-old senator said in a statement. Trump has called those investigations a ‘witch hunt’.
The protesters began yelling, “stop the torture, stop the torture” and “don’t reward torture”.
However, the report has been made available only for members of the Intelligence Committee.
No Democrat has yet expressed support for Haspel.
Haspel additionally stated she believes the US ought to maintain itself to the ethical requirements outlined within the handbook. Mark Warner of Virginia, the highest Democrat on the Intelligence Committee.
McCain led efforts during the George W. Bush administration to end the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques. Meghan McCain was married there in November to Ben Domenech, publisher of the online political and cultural magazine The Federalist.
Flake stressed in the letter senators should be able to examine the document before casting a vote on Haspel’s nomination.
Sadler reportedly called Meghan McCain to apologize for the remark. Kamala Harris, who noted that President Donald Trump has said he believes torture works.
This article has been adapted from its original source.