Senate panel approves CIA nominee Haspel despite torture background

Gina Haspel, CIA pick, easily clears intel committee

Trump CIA pick Gina Haspel heads for confirmation amid resistance

One surprise announcement regarding Haspel's nomination on Tuesday came from Sen. As noted, it's expected that Haspel's nomination will be taken up on the Senate floor rather quickly and we could see a final floor vote as later this week.

The American Civil Liberties Union slammed the vote Wednesday, saying the committee's endorsement is an "embarrassment" to democracy.

Haspel had already picked up Democratic support and appears on a path to confirmation.

"With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken", Haspel said in written answers to some 60 additional questions from lawmakers. John McCain of Arizona urged colleagues to reject the nominee over her past role in the CIA's 'enhanced interrogations'.

Haspel's letter comes after Republican Sen.

The committee voted Wednesday in a closed session before a hearing on the intelligence community's assessment of 2017 Russian election meddling, in which former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and former National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers are testifying.

It has been nearly three years since McCain led the charge in Congress to curtail the interrogation techniques, pushing legislation to make the Army field manual's code of conduct the government standard.

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"Senate Intellingence voted to reward a dark, criminal chapter of our country's history when it shouldn't have agreed to a vote until Haspel's full torture record was made public", the ACLU tweeted.

Warner's announcement came after Haspel wrote him to say the Central Intelligence Agency should never have run a harsh detention and interrogation program after 9/11.

The report said that while at the black site in Thailand in 2002, Zubaydah was subjected to the controversial practice of waterboarding 83 times and to other "stress" techniques such as being slammed against walls, deprived of sleep and placed in a coffin-sized box for up to 226 hours.

The committee's top Democrat, Sen.

"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", Warner said in explaining his decision to vote for her. "The program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world", she wrote.

But for Warner, and for the Democrats who followed his lead to also announce their support for Haspel on Tuesday, it was enough.

Haspel, 61, is the acting CIA director, and she has yet to be confirmed by Congress after facing backlash from politicians over her intelligence career.

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