Sen. Mark Warner to Support Gina Haspel for CIA Director. Grrrrrrrr

Sen. Mark Warner to Support Gina Haspel for CIA Director. Grrrrrrrr

Rachel Cohen, a spokesperson for Warner, said that he "felt that Ms. Haspel was more forthcoming regarding her views in one-on-one meetings and in the classified session, and he asked her to memorialize those comments in writing".

However, Haspel refused to condemn past interrogation practices as "immoral", despite intense prodding from California Democratic Sen.

Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Haspel said that the controversial methods that sought to gain information from terrorism suspects in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks "did damage to our officers and our standing in the world".

Last week, Haspel said she would not permit the spy agency to restart any kind of harsh detention and interrogation programmes.

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Warner's decision comes ahead of a Wednesday committee vote on her nomination, which would likely tee up a final confirmation vote in the Senate next week. In many ways, her story is representative of the thousands of people at the Agency and throughout the intelligence community who serve quietly, without recognition, and often at great personal risk, in order to keep our nation safe from those who wish to do us harm. Rand Paul of Kentucky has announced his opposition. With a 51-49 Republican majority - and one of the GOP no votes, Sen. With Warner's support, she is expected to have the backing of all eight committee Republicans and at least two of the seven Democrats. Referring to Haspel's role in overseeing torture and then ordering the shredding of videotapes of torture sessions, Donnelly said, "I believe that she has learned from the past and that the Central Intelligence Agency under her leadership can help our country confront serious worldwide threats and challenges". The White House has resisted calls for a public apology over the remark. "I have serious reservations about this nominee, and I will oppose her".

And some Republicans who support Haspel have also spoken out in support of enhanced interrogation techniques.

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will reportedly hold the vote behind closed doors, which is its traditional procedure. 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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