Anti-torture protesters crash Gina Haspel's CIA Senate confirmation hearing

Anti-torture protesters crash Gina Haspel's CIA Senate confirmation hearing

A leading US Republican Senator has advised his colleagues in the Senate against confirming Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee for CIA director who is accused of involvement in the agency " s torture programme.

McCain, a former navy pilot who was tortured while held prisoner in Hanoi during the Vietnam War, called for lawmakers on Wednesday to reject Haspel's nomination due to her role overseeing the torture of detainees. Pompeo floats North Korea aid for denuclearization Wyden: I object to Trump's DHS cyber nomination over demands for Stingray information Kaine to oppose Haspel to lead CIA MORE (Ky.) opposing Haspel's nomination, the Trump pick needs at least a few Democratic pickups to be confirmed, as a number of Republicans have not announced how they will vote.

Cheney told Fox Business on Thursday that if it were up to him, he would have the program active and ready to be employed if needed. In her testimony, Haspel defended the use of torture under her watch, saying the decision was necessary in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

"Torturing people is immoral, and it's something we shouldn't do. Over her 33 year career as a Central Intelligence Agency operations officer, she has worked in some of the most unsafe corners of our world, and I have the utmost respect for the sacrifices she has made for our country", he said.




She has broad, but not unanimous support, from Republicans in the Senate.

West Virginia's Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat in a state that voted for Mr. Trump by the greatest margin, has also voiced his support for Haspel.

In recent days, those coming out against Haspel include independent Sen. But, any potential damage done by this lack of support for could be negated by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, both from California, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Tim Kaine of Virginia.

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