Committee approves Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director nominee, setting up full Senate vote


"The Senate intelligence committee must insist on the declassification of documentation related to her role and Gina Haspel must not be confirmed".

The Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 to forward her nomination to the entire Senate, virtually assuring that she will earn final approval to lead the USA spy agency, replacing Mike Pompeo, who is now secretary of state.

Warner said he felt assured that Haspel "will stand up to the president if ordered to do something illegal or immoral - like a return to torture". "With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the C.I.A. should have undertaken".

The panel voted 10-5 to advise the full Senate to confirm Haspel, whose nomination has renewed debate over the harsh interrogation program the Central Intelligence Agency conducted on terror suspects after 9/11.

Sadly, but not surprisingly, one of Gina Haspel's most vocal opponents in the confirmation process is fellow Kentuckian Rand Paul. As noted, it's expected that Haspel's nomination will be taken up on the Senate floor rather quickly and we could see a final floor vote as later this week.

The report said that while at the black site in Thailand in 2002, Zubaydah was subjected to the controversial practice of waterboarding 83 times and to other "stress" techniques such as being slammed against walls, deprived of sleep and placed in a coffin-sized box for up to 226 hours.

In the days leading up to the vote, it was unclear whether Haspel would have the support she needed from Democrats on the committee.

Haspel's letter came after Republican Sen. However, a letter sent by Haspel to top committee Democrat, Virginia Senator Mark Warner, seems to have sealed the deal for Trump's nominee.

At her confirmation hearing last week, Haspel faced sharp questions from Democrats about whether she thought the interrogation program was immoral.

"Ms. Haspel's involvement in torture is deeply troubling, as my friend and colleague, John McCain, so eloquently reminded us".

The interrogation program became one of the darkest chapters of the CIA's history and tainted America's image worldwide after the September 11 attacks. John McCain is ailing and unlikely to vote on the nomination and Sen.

"The torture of detainees in USA custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history", McCain said in a statement.

Jones pointed to Haspel's role in the George W. Bush-era "enhanced interrogation" programs - now widely viewed as torture - as key to his opposition to her. Jeff Flake said he is undecided.