Senate panel poised to recommend Gina Haspel's confirmation

The Senate Intelligence Committee will vote behind closed doors Wednesday to advance Gina Haspel's nomination as President Donald Trump's CIA director pick. She looks all but assured to win Senate confirmation

The Senate Intelligence Committee will vote behind closed doors Wednesday to advance Gina Haspel's nomination as President Donald Trump's CIA director pick. She looks all but assured to win Senate confirmation

"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", she wrote in a letter to the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia.

Gina Haspel is picking up Democratic support and is expected to get a nod on Wednesday from the Senate intelligence committee.

The committee on Wednesday voted 10 to 5 to recommend Haspel to the full Senate.

Nelson, on the fence until now, has seen some re-election pressure Tuesday to vote for Haspel, with Republican opponent Gov. Rick Scott putting out an ad accusing him of being too party-line Democrat, and theNational Republican Senatorial Committee running digital ads in Florida encouraging voters to urge him to support her nomination. "Gina Haspel has publicly acknowledged that the CIA's enhanced interrogation program should not have been undertaken and has vowed to uphold our nation's laws and values in leading the agency".

McCain, a war hero who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, is one of just two Republicans who have announced they will vote against her.

She ran a black-site prison in Thailand where a high-level terrorist was detained and tortured in 2002.

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The CIA declassified a review that found "no fault with the performance" of Haspel in the destruction of the videotape evidence, which could help clear the air for senators who are troubled by her involvement in the matter.

"There is a legal and moral responsibility that comes with operating in secrecy", Sen.

The vote for Haspel is shaping up to be similar to last month's tally for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was confirmed with the backing of six Democrats from states Trump won in 2016, five of whom are up for re-election this year. "Most importantly, I believe she is someone who can and will stand up to the President if ordered to do something illegal or immoral - like a return to torture".

Trump has said the country should consider resuming harsh interrogation techniques.

Haspel said that if she was given the order again, she would not support it. McCain said her role "in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing".

A letter from more than 100 former US ambassadors said Haspel's confirmation would undermine diplomatic efforts to discourage torture by tyrants in other countries.

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