Sen. Rob Portman to back Central Intelligence Agency pick

Senator Rand Paul says he will not support Gina Haspel to be CIA chief

American national security agencies-such as the Pentagon, State Department and CIA-often complain about congressional oversight, forgetting they are not only supposed to be protecting the US territory and population, but also the way of life of those people. This participation is what some members of the Senate believe makes her unfit to be a director. "That is, I think, the foreign policy we have seen from Mr. Trump".

McCain's opposition stems from more than just his antipathy toward Trump, who mocked McCain during the 2016 election, saying, "He's not a war hero".

Donnelly, who met with Haspel on Thursday, said in a statement that he had "a tough, frank, and extensive discussion" with her, both about her vision for the agency and about its past use of "enhanced" interrogations against terrorist captives, including methods such as waterboarding that are widely considered torture.

Most Senate Republicans support Haspel but Sen.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, who was tortured during almost six years of captivity during Vietnam, opposes Haspel's nomination.

Repeatedly asked by the California senator Kamala Harris for a yes or no answer on whether torture was immoral, she declined to say either way.

Numerous experienced intelligence operatives agree that Haspel would be the best prepared CIA director in the agency's 70-year history.

In 2005, as Congress was about to launch an investigation, she advocated destroying more than 90 videotapes of the suspect's interrogations. Former bosses and colleagues from both parties praise her leadership and professionalism. He sent the cable himself.

The U.S. Senate may soon vote on the nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA chief
The U.S. Senate may soon vote on the nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA chief

Haspel "should be confirmed", Rivera said Friday on Fox & Friends.

Unless Haspel takes that step, she will not have demonstrated the most important quality for any official, a strong moral compass. Having served in those times, she gives her personal commitment without any reservation that there will be no such detention program under Central Intelligence Agency.

Haspel has run into criticism because she was once involved in the CIA's harsh interrogation program.

The American Civil Liberties Union said the Senate "should not even agree to vote on this nomination until it gets full information and honesty from this nominee".

Republicans do have a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate.

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul is sticking to his guns.

The other Democrat who's come out for Haspel is West Virginia's Joe Manchin.

Haspel portrayed herself as "a typical middle-class American", although one with no social media accounts. Instead, she defended the torture of terrorism suspects during a fraught time after the September 11 attacks when the agency was focused on preventing more attacks. Haspel needs to declassify records of her career, so everyone can judge whether she's fit for the job.

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