Sen. Joe Donnelly to back Trump's CIA pick

Sen. Joe Donnelly to back Trump's CIA pick

Sen. Joe Donnelly to back Trump's CIA pick

Republican Sen. Rand Paul from Kentucky already declared he'd vote "no" on Haspel.

Donnelly's support, along with that of Democratic Sen.

The senator from IN, who met with Haspel on Thursday, said IN a statement that he had "a tough, frank, and extensive discussion" with her that covered both her vision for the agency and its past use of "enhanced" interrogations against terrorist captives, including methods such as waterboarding that are widely considered torture. I have also reviewed her record and her testimony before Congress, ' he added.

Donnelly voiced his support for Haspel on Twitter Saturday morning, saying he believes Haspel learned from the past and has the experience needed as the USA faces "dynamic and challenging security threats". "Importantly, Ms. Haspel expressed to me her commitment to be responsive to congressional oversight and to provide her unvarnished assessment - both to members of Congress and the president".

Trump in March tapped Haspel to replace Mike Pompeo, his new secretary of state, as head of the agency, but her nomination was quickly met with backlash over her role in the CIA's now-banned torture program.

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The White House has noted that Haspel has backing from a number of Obama- and Bush-era intelligence officials including former CIA Directors Leon Panetta, John Brennan and Michael Hayden. During the campaign, Trump said he would authorize waterboarding and other sorts of torture if necessary.

Haspel said she would not permit torture at Central Intelligence Agency under her watch, and would defy an order by President Trump to reinstate it as an interrogation method. "No legitimate reason was given, but one could conclude it's because Trump nominated her. Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough asked if yesterday's hearing was just a sideshow for the Democratic base because no one could be that stupid and not know what Haspel was going to respond concerning our waterboarding program". Harris tried again, and Haspel dodged until finally saying she thought she had answered the question and Harris reminded her that she hadn't.

She needs the support of the majority of the Senate to be confirmed for the role.

Others include Sens. Angus King from Maine, Doug Jones from Alabama, Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, Bill Nelson from Florida and Claire McCaskill from Missouri. Should a group of terrorists kidnap your child and one of the terrorists was apprehended by the police, would you not want law enforcement to use every method possible to locate your child?

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