Vulnerable Democrat announces support for Trump's controversial Central Intelligence Agency pick

13 May, 2018, 09:36 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • John McCain Urges Senate To Reject Nominee For CIA Head Over Torture Support

Joe Donnelly of IN on Saturday became the second Democratic senator to back Donald Trump's pick to run the CIA, Gina Haspel, whose nomination is IN question over her role IN a rendition and torture programme run by the agency after 9/11.

During her confirmation hearing, Haspel pledged to abide by the current law that forbids those methods and that she would reject an order from Trump to use those techniques against a terrorist now. He is the second Democrat to announce his support for the President's pick to replace Mike Pompeo, who was confirmed as secretary of state last month.

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.

Donnelly - who will face a tough re-election bid in November when he faces off against Republican businessman Mike Braun - is one of two Democrats to announce their support for Haspel.

Her nomination has renewed the fierce debate over torture from the previous decade, in which McCain led the fight to outlaw the techniques that the George W. Bush administration allowed Central Intelligence Agency interrogators to use in so-called black sites around the world following the 9/11 attacks.

For those who feel torture to be an unacceptably extreme measure of interrogation, reprehensible, and of gross moral turpitude, I posit the following scenario.


"I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense". McCain acknowledged that Haspel is a patriot who has devoted her life to serving the country, but he pointed out that her role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is "disturbing".

"I had a tough, frank and extensive discussion with Ms. Haspel on a wide range of topics". He also said that Haspel had assured him she would be "responsive to Congressional oversight".

After the hearing, Republican Sen. McCain is recovering from surgery related to his brain cancer in Arizona and was not expected to be present when the Senate votes on Haspel's nomination.

With Donnelly's support, Senate Republicans, who hold a slim 51-49 majority, have a chance to reach the necessary votes in a floor vote. Angus King of ME and Democratic Sens.

After graduating from high school in England, Haspel returned to the U.S.to attend college - she started at the University of Kentucky majoring in journalism before moving across the state and graduating with honors from the University of Louisville.

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