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Top Senate intelligence Democrat to vote for Trump's CIA chief nominee

15 May 2018

Green beret U.S. army and former UFC fighter Tim Kennedy passed the waterboarding (simulated drowning) in support of the appointment of Gina Haesang for the post of CIA Director.

Gina Haspel's comments came in a letter Tuesday to senators as the Trump administration works to shore up support for her confirmation amid an intensifying public debate over torture.

Though Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is urging the Senate to reject Haspel, her confirmation seems likely now that two red-state Democrats have offered their support: Sens.

~ On the nomination of Gina Haspel to be CIA Director ~.

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"Over the last 17 years, the Agency and I have learned hard lessons since 9/11", Haspel wrote in a letter to Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., who has not yet said how he will vote on Haspel's nomination.

Haspel played an integral role in the CIA's program, both as a senior leader in the agency's Counterterrorism Center and a supervisor of a secret facility in Thailand. 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.

Haspel stopped short of criticizing her colleagues who set up the program and oversaw it.

Democrats and some Republicans have expressed concern about Haspel's involvement in the post 9/11-era interrogation and detention programs. John McCain, Arizona Republican, is not expected because he is home battling cancer.

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According to CNN, Haspel refrained from doing so in the public portion of her hearing because "she did not want to be seen as publicly criticizing her colleagues at the Central Intelligence Agency". But by the time he released the statement, two key swing votes on the committee, Manchin and GOP moderate Senator Susan Collins of ME, had already announced they would vote for Haspel.

"I have seen the classified material, which I of course can't get into, but there are other holes in the story beyond the fact that her former boss has publicly contradicted her", Wyden said in an interview Monday.

That was when Bartiromo asked the vice president who served under former President George W. Bush about torture.

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Top Senate intelligence Democrat to vote for Trump's CIA chief nominee