Senate backs torture site chief Gina Haspel to take helm of Central Intelligence Agency

Top News: Former VP Cheney: 'Enhanced interrogation' ought to nonetheless be in place, it's not torture

Top News: Former VP Cheney: 'Enhanced interrogation' ought to nonetheless be in place, it's not torture

By late Tuesday, four other Democratic senators - Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Bill Nelson of Florida - had pledged their support for Ms. Haspel.

A career intelligence officer, she faced questions over her work running a covert detention site where terror suspects were brutally interrogated in the years after the 9/11 attacks.

But the letter stopped short of calling the interrogation tactics "torture" or saying the program was immoral - a bridge many critics want Haspel to cross.

McCaskill can see the documents because she's a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which will vote Wednesday on whether to recommend Haspel's confirmation to the full Senate.

Speaking to reporters Monday, Warner said the letter better reflected what Haspel told the committee in a closed session after her public testimony, and what he'd heard from her in private conversations.

"It is particularly important that the director of the CIA puts the mission of the agency and our country's security far above partisan politics and that the director be highly respected by agency rank and file".

Trump's nominee also said she would refuse to take any proposed activity which was "contrary to my moral and ethical values" and said she would "not hesitate to reject" any proposal that did not meet those standards.

"Over the past year I've had the opportunity to work with Ms. Haspel in her role as Deputy Director, and I have always found her to be professional and forthright with the Intelligence Committee". Rand Paul (R-Ky.) questioned whether Gina Haspel, President Trump's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, may have known about any spying committed against the Trump campaign.

Warner said in an interview that he had "been wrestling with his" decision in light of warnings about the message that endorsing someone with Haspel's record would send.

Bolstering the comments she made during her hearing, Haspel wrote, "I do not support use of enhanced interrogation techniques for any objective".

"However, in both our one-on-one meetings and in classified session before the committee, I found ..."

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who also sits on the intelligence committee, lamented that McCain's colleagues felt his absence.

While Trump picked Haspel to lead the CIA, Beavers said, "Democrats own the fact that they helped secure the votes needed to confirm Haspel".

Haspel was less willing than the Democrats wanted to don a hair shirt at her confirmation hearing. His comments sparked a fresh debate over now-banned torture techniques ahead of Senate voting. And former vice-president Dick Cheney, who was integral to the post-Sept. During the 2016 campaign, he promised to "bring back ... a hell of a lot worse".

Earlier in the day, Haspel criticized the CIA's enhanced interrogation program more forcefully than she had during her confirmation hearing.