Bill Nelson says he'll vote for Gina Haspel

Bill Nelson says he'll vote for Gina Haspel

Bill Nelson says he'll vote for Gina Haspel

Heidi Heitkamp announced she would support Gina Haspel's bid to lead the CIA Tuesday joining a few fellow Democratic senators who have likely sealed her confirmation.

Haspel's letter came after Republican Sen.

Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona who is away from the Senate amid treatment for brain cancer, released a statement last week saying Haspel's refusal to rebuke torture as immoral in her hearing was "disqualifying".

The nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, said in a letter that the spy agency should not have undertaken a harsh interrogation campaign, which included waterboarding terrorism suspects, following the September 11, 2001, attacks. CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2018. And former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was integral to the post-Sept.

Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, who is challenging Heitkamp this year, prodded her Monday to back Haspel. The senator said he faced a "difficult decision" but felt Haspel was "forthcoming regarding her views on the interrogation program".

In written answers to the committee's questions, and a separate letter to Warner, Haspel stopped short of condemning the agency officials "that made these hard calls" and praised the "valuable intelligence collected" through the program - despite the Senate's determination that interrogations were not a viable means of gaining information.

In addition to Warner, Joe Donnelly of IN said Saturday that he made his decision after "a tough, frank and extensive discussion" with Haspel.

Haspel's opponents included more than 100 retired admirals and generals, who said her role in the CIA's use of torture would encourage foreign governments to torture American soldiers and provide propaganda for extremists who want to attack the USA.

"I do not support use of enhanced interrogation techniques for any goal", Haspel wrote. Former CIA Director John Brennan contacted her, Warner, and Sens.

In announcing his support Tuesday, Warner, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, said Haspel has been "professional and forthright" with the panel. Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota came out IN support of her late Tuesday afternoon.

Manchin is facing a tough re-election challenge this year in a deep-red state, and can't afford to be painted as soft of terrorism. As a candidate, Trump said he supports the use of waterboarding or worse tactics.

"Gina Haspel is the most qualified person the President could choose to lead the CIA and the most prepared nominee in the 70 year history of the Agency", said Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C.

Repeatedly pressed about whether she would allow tactics she considers immoral, Haspel at times evaded senators' questions and noted that the Central Intelligence Agency does not have a formal role in interrogations.

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