Central Intelligence Agency nominee gains support with tougher stance on interrogation

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Warner, a centrist whose home state of Virginia houses the CIA's headquarters, called his decision to support Haspel "difficult", and said he respected the views of his colleagues who disagree with him. Ms. Haspel, the CIA's deputy director and a 33-year veteran of the agency, served previously as chief of a black site in Thailand where at least one detainee was waterboarded on her watch.

In written responses, Haspel pledged to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign and said she agreed with the findings of intelligence agencies that the meddling was aimed at hurting Hillary Clinton and helping Trump win.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence panel, had requested the letter, and shortly afterward announced his support. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Sen.

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"Due to the overwhelming public evidence suggesting Haspel's participation and compliance with crimes including torture, enforced disappearance, and obstruction of justice, Haspel's nomination is an affront to human rights".

"While I trust her word, I will also verify, helping to ensure Congress conducts robust oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency under her leadership". The group of Democrats would put Haspel's nomination over the top, even if Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of IN, have already said they will back Trump's pick.

Haspel's confirmation has been a hard fight because of her role in the interrogation program, which critics say amounted to torture. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. The report summary was made available to the Senate Intelligence Committee members, but not the full Senate.

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Her nomination has come under fire for her past ties to the CIA's former rendition, detention and interrogation activities, carried out in the years following the September 11 attacks, with the use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding, now widely considered torture.

Haspel's nominee has sparked a fresh debate over brutal interrogation practices.

Like many Americans, I understand the urgency that drove the decision to resort to so-called enhanced interrogation methods after our country was attacked. President George W. Bush, with encouragement from Vice President Dick Cheney and other advisers, and with the blessing of top government lawyers, ordered "enhanced interrogation" to pry secrets from Al Qaeda operatives and others after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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Haspel vowed during her confirmation hearing not to restart the program. He's been fighting cancer at home in Arizona, and it's unclear whether he will be able to return to Capitol Hill to cast a vote.

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