Gina Haspel Now Says CIA Shouldn't Have Conducted Its Interrogation Program

The top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee will vote for Gina Haspel to be the next CIA director, all but ensuring President Donald Trump's pick to lead the agency will have enough votes to win Senate confirmation. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

Though Haspel's nomination has gained steam, it's not yet a given that she will confirmed.

"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", Haspel told Sen.

Haspel pledged at her confirmation hearing that she would never restart the program, in place in the years after the September 11, 2001, attacks but did not go as far as saying it should not have been started.

Sen. Rand Paul is facing increasing pressure to back President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, as the libertarian lawmaker's hometown newspaper urged him to back his fellow Kentuckian. With a 51-49 Republican majority - and one of the GOP no votes, Sen. Thus far two Democrats, Sen.

Haspel's letter was first reported by CNN.

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"See, I think people who have actually been tortured who are saying this is not a good thing, you should listen to them because you have never been tortured", she told Trump. The CIA's Rendition, Detention and Interrogation Program is one of the darkest chapters in our nation's history and it must not be repeated.

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. However, in both our one-on-one meetings and in classified session before the Committee, I found Acting Director Haspel to be more forthcoming regarding her views on the interrogation program, which is why I asked her to memorialize those comments in writing.

Notably absent from Haspel's letter was any statement about her role in destroying 92 videotapes of interrogations carried out at the Thailand facility.

Haspel said she would "refuse to undertake any proposed activity that is contrary to my moral and ethical values".

Former Vice President Dick Cheney shares his help for Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Gina Haspel, reacts to Scooter Libby presidential pardon. Rodriguez has said publicly that Haspel knew he meant to take the matter into his own hands and issue the order, because he believed he had the authority to do so.


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