President Trump's pick to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, says the agency should not have undertaken the so-called enhanced interrogation program.
Haspel's letter came after Republican Sen. It's not yet clear when the full Senate would vote on whether to confirm her.
The nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, said in a letter that the spy agency should not have undertaken a harsh interrogation campaign, which included waterboarding terrorism suspects, following the September 11, 2001, attacks.
"I appreciate the commitment of Ms. Haspel and her colleagues to the service and defense of our nation, and I do not doubt the skills and expertise she has gained during her long career in the Central Intelligence Agency", he added.
Gina Haspel's nomination to lead the CIA was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday, sending it to a vote by the full Senate where confirmation is all but assured.
The tactics are widely considered torture, although proponents of the program, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, dispute that label. Ultimately Warner and West Virginia Democratic Sen.
At her confirmation hearing last week, Haspel promised the Intelligence Committee that she would not restart the CIA's torture program, even if pressured to do so by President Trump. Brennan is an outspoken critic of Trump but called Haspel "highly qualified" and urged senators to view her with an open mind.
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Two other red-state senators up for re-election this year - Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of IN - have announced they will support Haspel. Sen.
Most likely now that she has the votes to be confirmed, or in the off chance to cast the deciding vote against her, U.S. Senator Doug Jones of Alabama issued a statement late Tuesday afternoon announcing his decision to vote against Haspel.
Haspel, 61, is the acting CIA director, and she has yet to be confirmed by Congress after facing backlash from politicians over her intelligence career. Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota came out IN support of her late Tuesday afternoon. Two red-state Democrats, Senators Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly, already announced they will back her.
He said: "The reason we are doing this is for us to have a conversation". In November, McCain convinced Manchin to vote against Steven Bradbury to become the general counsel of the Department of Transportation because of his role in crafting the memos that authorized the CIA's use of torture in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
Haspel testified at a Senate hearing that torture does not work as an interrogation technique and that, as director, her strong "moral compass" would ensure she did not carry out any administrative directive she found objectionable.
Trump himself has said the country should consider resuming the use of harsh interrogation techniques.
'With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior Agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken'.