Haspel says Central Intelligence Agency should not have conducted enhanced interrogation

Haspel says Central Intelligence Agency should not have conducted enhanced interrogation

Mark Warner (D-Va.) wrote in a statement on Tuesday. Democrat Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota told reporters Monday that Haspel was qualified for the job and said she would make a decision after reading more documents.

"This was not an easy decision". "However, Ms. Haspel explained to me that the agency should not have employed such tactics in past and has assured me that it will not do so in the future". As of this writing, the only Republicans who have signaled their opposition to Haspel are Sens.

In written responses, Haspel pledged to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign and said she agreed with the findings of intelligence agencies that the meddling was aimed at hurting Hillary Clinton and helping Trump win.

"Over the past year I've had the opportunity to work with Ms. Haspel in her role as deputy director, and I have always found her to be professional and forthright with the Intelligence Committee", Warner said in a statement.

Trump's nominee also said she would refuse to take any proposed activity which was "contrary to my moral and ethical values" and said she would "not hesitate to reject" any proposal that did not meet those standards. But she added that the interrogation program "ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world". Those omissions - plus the fact that nearly all records related to her career have not been declassified - will probably keep dozens of Democrats from voting for her.

Haspel also said she would not permit the spy agency to resume its harsh interrogation program, which became one of the darkest chapters of the CIA's history and tainted America's image worldwide.

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Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Haspel said outright that CIA should not have used such methods, even if they were deemed legal.

Haspel has been more forthcoming with senators in their private meetings and in the classified hearing she held with the Senate Intelligence Committee last week.

It also repeated past CIA claims that the interrogation program yielded "valuable intelligence".

California's senators, both Democrats, remain opposed to Haspel.

In his letter, Paul asked Haspel whether she or anyone else at the CIA was aware of any USA government agency or non-governmental agency being involved in the collection or monitoring of communications of any of the major 2016 presidential candidates while they were traveling outside the U.S.

Haspel, age 61 and a 30-year CIA veteran, has been the agency's acting director since Mike Pompeo was sworn in as secretary of state at the end of April. She's high enough up in the Central Intelligence Agency.

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