Sen. Flake joins McCain in opposing Trump's Central Intelligence Agency nominee

Sen. Flake joins McCain in opposing Trump's Central Intelligence Agency nominee

Flake said in a statement Wednesday that while he appreciates Haspel's 30-year career at the CIA, the United States needs to turn the page on the spy agency's former program of detaining and harshly interrogating terror suspects.

Haspel had already picked up Democratic support and appears on a path to confirmation.

It will make Haspel, a 61-year-old Russian Federation specialist, the first-ever woman to lead the CIA, and the first director who spent an entire career in the agency's clandestine services.

Fortunately, ten senators on the Senate intelligence committee recognized that equality starts with confirming "Bloody Gina", who deserves a chance to commit a new cycle of immoral acts just like past male directors.

"With the benefit of almost 20 years of hindsight, and from your perspective as the nominee to be Director of the CIA, do you believe the Agency's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" was consistent with American values?"

Republicans have a slim two-seat majority over Democrats in the Senate.

Harris says Haspel's unwillingness to share more detailed information about the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques is "deeply troubling".

The Senate intelligence committee is expected to vote in closed session. After meeting her and talking with former leaders in our intelligence community, I have concluded that Gina Haspel meets these standards.

"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-NC) said in a statement.

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Haspel said Tuesday in a letter to Sen.

Feinstein's vote was not unexpected, although she said she was open to hearing Haspel out when her nomination was first brought up.

Following her successful hearing before Congress last week, public officials, commentators, and editorial boards are commending Gina Haspel and urging the Senate to confirm her as CIA Director.

"The definition of moral courage is doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons when no one's looking".

Bottom line: Shouldn't a woman who has been to the dark side be able to add to her sterling résumé of depravity and rise to the top of an agency like nothing ever happened?
What happened to moving forward without looking backward?

She has promised Congress she would not initiate any new detention or interrogation programs as Central Intelligence Agency director and penned a letter to Warner that said the Central Intelligence Agency should not have undertaken the interrogation program, which many have deemed tantamount to torture.

Haspel supervised one of those detention sites in Thailand, but details of her work there have not been declassified.

With a positive committee vote, the full Senate could vote on Haspel's confirmation as early as Thursday, according to Senate aides, although that would require cooperation from senators to waive the chamber's procedural hurdles for a quick vote.

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