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Offbeat Senate panel ready to recommend Gina Haspel's confirmation

15:35  16 may  2018
15:35  16 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Trump defends Gina Haspel ahead of confirmation hearing

  Trump defends Gina Haspel ahead of confirmation hearing President Donald Trump attempted to bolster support Monday for his embattled nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, ahead of her confirmation hearing later this week. "My highly respected nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists.

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WASHINGTON — Gina Haspel , President Donald Trump' s nominee to head the CIA, won the backing of the Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday, paving the way for her expected confirmation to lead the spy agency.

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WASHINGTON — Gina Haspel, nominee to become the CIA's first female director, is expected to get a nod from the Senate intelligence committee Wednesday after telling Congress that the agency shouldn't have used harsh interrogation tactics after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Five Democrats have said they will vote to confirm Haspel, a career intelligence official who is acting director of the agency. The committee vote would pave the way for final confirmation by the full Senate.

"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," according to Haspel's written answers to some 60 additional questions from lawmakers.

Haspel's nomination has sparked renewed debate over brutal interrogation practices the CIA used on terror suspects after 9/11. Haspel was involved in supervising a secret CIA detention site in Thailand.

Gates: Haspel's ties to enhanced interrogation don't disqualify her from leading CIA

  Gates: Haspel's ties to enhanced interrogation don't disqualify her from leading CIA Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Sunday he doesn't believe Gina Haspel's ties to an enhanced interrogation program that used methods now widely regarded as torture disqualifies her from serving as CIA director. "I worry about presentism. I think you have to go back to 2001, 2002, and the horror that people in the administration felt, getting reports literally every day that Washington or New York were going to be attacked again," Gates said on CBS's "Face the Nation."Haspel, President Trump's pick to lead the CIA, is in the midst of a tenuous confirmation battle.

Gina Haspel testifies in front of the U. S . Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during her confirmation hearing March 13, 2018 in Washington. President Trump nominated Haspel to be CIA Director, replacing Mike Pompeo, the current Secretary of State.

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During her confirmation hearing last week, she said she doesn't believe torture works as an interrogation technique and that her "strong moral compass" would prevent her from carrying out any presidential order she found objectionable.

In this May 9, 2018 photo, CIA nominee Gina Haspel testifies during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. In a letter Tuesday to the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Haspel says she would “refuse to undertake any proposed activity that is contrary to my moral and ethical values.” (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) © The Associated Press In this May 9, 2018 photo, CIA nominee Gina Haspel testifies during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. In a letter Tuesday to the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Haspel says she would “refuse to undertake any proposed activity that is contrary to my moral and ethical values.” (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Haspel also said she would not permit the spy agency to resume its harsh interrogation program, which became one of the darkest chapters of the CIA's history and tainted America's image worldwide.

But she would not disclose any details of what she did in connection with the interrogation program or say whether she thought it had been immoral.

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

The Latest: Top Senate intel Dem says he supports Haspel

  The Latest: Top Senate intel Dem says he supports Haspel The Latest on President Donald Trump's CIA nominee, Gina Haspel (all times local):2:50 p.m.The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee says he will vote to confirm Gina Haspel to be the next CIA director. Sen. Mark Warner's decision strengthens the likelihood that she will be confirmed by the Senate in coming days.Warner's announcement came after Haspel wrote him to say the CIA should never have run a harsh detention and interrogation program after 9/11. Her written comments went farther than ones she made at her confirmation hearing.Warner, of Virginia, is the third Democrat to say he'll vote for Haspel. The other two are Sens.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are pushing for a speedy confirmation vote as early as Thursday after the Senate intelligence committee endorsed President Donald Trump’ s CIA nominee Gina Haspel to lead the spy agency.

WASHINGTON — Gina Haspel , President Donald Trump' s nominee to head the CIA, won the backing of the Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday, paving the way for her expected confirmation to lead the spy agency. The panel voted 10-5 to advise the full Senate to confirm Haspel

The Senate intelligence committee is expected to vote in closed session. The full Senate could hold a confirmation vote before the end of the week.

Already announcing their support for her were Democrats Mark Warner of Virginia, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelley of Indiana, Bill Nelson of Florida and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. The only Senate Republicans who are not expected to vote for her are Kentucky's Rand Paul and Arizona's John McCain, who is battling cancer and is not expected to be present for the ballot.

Haspel's opponents, however, continue to weigh into the debate.

"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.

"The definition of moral courage is doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons when no one's looking. Gina Haspel failed that test," said Krulak, who organized a letter signed by more than 100 retired generals and admirals expressing concern over her nomination.

Daphne Eviatar with Amnesty International on Tuesday called Haspel's nomination an "affront to human rights."

"This country has not held any officials accountable for the use of torture, so it's even more outrageous that the government is considering someone to the chief intelligence position in spite of her alleged participation in that clearly illegal and immoral activity," she said.

Trump to attend swearing-in of CIA's 1st female director .
President Donald Trump is attending the swearing-in of the CIA's first female director. The ceremony for Gina Haspel is taking place Monday morning at agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Haspel won Senate confirmation last week after overcoming concerns about her role in the agency's use of harsh interrogation techniques after 9/11.The 33-year CIA employee was backed by many in the CIA rank and file and senior intelligence officials, including former CIA directors and national intelligence directors.

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