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Offbeat Jeff Flake says he'll vote 'no' on Gina Haspel for CIA chief job

01:57  17 may  2018
01:57  17 may  2018 Source:   cnn.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.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced Wednesday he will vote against Gina Haspel 's nomination to be the next CIA director, becoming the third senator from President Donald Trump's own party to come out against his choice to lead the agency .

Jeff Flake announced Wednesday he will vote against Gina Haspel 's nomination to be the next CIA director, becoming the third senator from President Donald Trump's own party to come out against his choice to lead the agency . Democratic senators remain coy on eve of Gina Haspel 's confirmation

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) delivers remarks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors 86th annual Winter Meeting at the Capitol Hilton January 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. Flake spoke during the conference's Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards Luncheon which was sponsored by the American Beverage Association, whose members include producers and bottlers of soft drinks, bottled water, and other non-alcoholic beverages. The non-partisan conference of mayors from cities with populations of 300,000 or larger meet annually in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) delivers remarks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors 86th annual Winter Meeting at the Capitol Hilton January 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. Flake spoke during the conference's Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards Luncheon which was sponsored by the American Beverage Association, whose members include producers and bottlers of soft drinks, bottled water, and other non-alcoholic beverages. The non-partisan conference of mayors from cities with populations of 300,000 or larger meet annually in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced Wednesday he will vote against Gina Haspel's nomination to be the next CIA director, becoming the third senator from President Donald Trump's own party to come out against his choice to lead the agency.

Democratic senators remain coy on eve of Gina Haspel's confirmation hearing

  Democratic senators remain coy on eve of Gina Haspel's confirmation hearing Few Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee were willing to indicate how they intended to vote on Haspel's confirmation to be CIA director.On the eve of what is widely expected to be a contentious confirmation hearing for CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel, few Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee were willing to tip their hand on how they intended to vote. Most, however, said much would depend on how much Haspel would be willing to divulge about her own background and about the choices she made over the course of her more than 30-year clandestine career at the CIA.

GOP Sen. Jeff Flake says he ' ll vote ' no ' on Trump's pick to lead the CIA . Democrats who backed Haspel pointed to her 33-year CIA career, 32 years of which was spent undercover, as well as her broad support from former intelligence officials, including many senior Obama administration officials.

Gina Cheri Haspel (née Walker, October 1, 1956) is an American intelligence officer serving as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency ( CIA ) since 2018. She is the first woman to hold the post on a permanent basis and had been previously the Deputy Director under Mike Pompeo in the beginning of

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 behind closed doors Wednesday to send Haspel's nomination for a full floor vote, where she looks all but assured to win Senate confirmation. Two of the committee's seven Democrats had said they supported Haspel, including Virginia's Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the panel. Haspel currently has more than enough support to win confirmation, as Warner was one of five Democrats who've announced they plan to vote to confirm her.

Flake's no vote follows Kentucky's Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who also said he'd oppose the nomination, and Arizona's GOP Sen. John McCain, who released a statement asking senators to vote against Haspel but is unable to vote himself because he's in his home state battling cancer.

Sen. Joe Donnelly to back Trump's CIA pick

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Jeff Flake , R-Arizona, has announced he will vote against the confirmation of Gina Haspel , President Donald Trump's nominee for CIA director. Flake 's announcement came a week after McCain, R-Arizona, urged the Senate to reject Gina Haspel , saying she needed to make clear her view on

Jeff Flake announced Wednesday he will vote against Gina Haspels nomination to be the next CIA director, becoming the third senator from President Donald Trumps own party to come out against his choice to lead the agency .

"While I thank Ms. Haspel for her long and dedicated service to the CIA, as a country we need to turn the page on the unfortunate chapter in the agency's history having to do with torture," Flake said in a statement. "Congress needs to be able to provide fully informed oversight. 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."

Haspel faces opposition from a majority of Democrats and human rights groups for her role in the George W. Bush administration's interrogation and detention program, which critics say amounted to torture.

The full Senate could vote on Haspel's confirmation as early as Thursday, according to Senate aides, although that would require cooperation from senators to waive the chamber's procedural hurdles for a quick vote.

CNN's Jeremy Herb contributed to this report.

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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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