At least three Democratic Senators signaled their intention to vote ‘yes’ Wednesday for President Trump’s nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency; effectively ending days of contentious hearings over the future of Gina Haspel.
According to Politico, liberal Senators Warner, Heitkamp, and Nelson moved from “undecided” to the “yes camp” on Haspel, a decades long member of the intelligence community and CIA operative.
The news comes just hours after she passed a key hurdle and obtained the approval of the Senate Intelligence Committee in a 10-5 vote Wednesday.
“The one-two-three punch of Democratic buy-in effectively ensures Haspel’s confirmation as soon as Thursday despite a handful of still-undecided senators in both parties — not to mention a vocal push to defeat her by liberal and civil rights activists,” writes Politico.
Liberal legislators sought to derail Haspel’s nomination; accusing her of endorsing “enhanced interrogation techniques” -such as waterboarding- on detained terror suspects.
“The short answer is yes,” Warner told journalists this week. “The letter better reflected some of the conversations I’d had with her on an individual basis.”
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FIREWORKS: Trump’s CIA Nominee EDUCATES Democrats Over ‘Terrorism’
President Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA educated Congressional Democrats over the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” during her confirmation hearing Wednesday, blasting liberal Senators for confusing “terrorists” with intelligence officers.
Gina Haspel was speaking with Democrat Sen. Jack Reed when she was asked to comment on the CIA’s prior use of “waterboarding” terror suspects under extreme circumstances; a practice now barred by the US Congress.
“Would you determine that to be immoral and something that should never be done, condoned in any way, shape, or form?” Reed asked. “Your response seems to be that civilized nations don’t do it, but uncivilized nations do it, or uncivilized groups do it. A civilized nation was doing it until it was outlawed by this Congress.”
“Senator, I would never obviously support inhumane treatment of any CIA officers,” Haspel said. “We’ve lost CIA officers over the years to terrorists. I just gave an example. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed personally killed a Wall Street Journal correspondent and filmed that. I don’t think there’s any comparison between CIA officers serving their country, adhering to U.S. law, and terrorists who, by their very definition, are not following anybody’s law.”
MOVING FORWARD: Trump’s CIA Pick Gets Key Senate Recommendation
President Trump’s pick to head the CIA received a key recommendation from the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday; clearing the path towards an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor as early as next week.
Potential CIA director Gina Haspel cleared the Committee in a 10-5 vote, sending her nomination to the rest of the Senate and setting the stage for the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
“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,” Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said in a statement.
“She has acted morally, ethically and legally, over a distinguished 30-year career and is the right person to lead the agency into an uncertain and challenging future. I’m pleased to see the committee favorably report her nomination to the full Senate, and I look forward to her swift confirmation,” he added.
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