Global News

Senate Intelligence Committee Backs Gina Haspel To Lead The CIA

Senate Intelligence Committee Backs Gina Haspel To Lead The CIA

The committee voted behind closed doors Wednesday morning.

The confirmation vote by the full Senate could occur before the end of the week.

The Senate Select Intelligence Committee passed Haspel's nomination by 10-5 votes.

In recent days, all eight Republicans and two of the seven Democrats on the panel said they would support Haspel. Warner was one of three Democrats Tuesday who said they would vote for her, bringing the total to five.

She has acted morally, ethically, and legally, over a distinguished 30-year career and is the right person to lead the Agency into an uncertain and challenging future, he said. The full Senate is expected to vote on her nomination as early as this week.

The Democrats who have elected to vote for Haspel have all cited the confidence she has of the agency's rank-and-file and the broader intelligence community.

But in a letter to Virginia Senator Mark Warner, she admitted that the CIA torture program never should have existed in the first place, writing, "While I won't condemn those that made these hard calls, and I have noted the valuable intelligence collected, the program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world".

She had not expressed those feelings publicly, during her contentious confirmation hearing last week.

Guatemala moves Israeli embassy to Jerusalem as furore over killings continues
Israel said all 86 countries with diplomatic missions in Israel were invited to the event, and 33 accepted. Following in the footsteps of the United States , Guatemala opened its embassy in Jerusalem Wednesday.

When pushed during her confirmation hearing, Haspel admitted that she is the person making decisions about which documents and information to release about her history with the Central Intelligence Agency. "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", the senator added.

Most Republicans are expected to back Haspel, although Sen.

Sadly, but not surprisingly, one of Gina Haspel's most vocal opponents in the confirmation process is fellow Kentuckian Rand Paul. Ron Wyden, D-Oreg., said in a statement Wednesday.

"Ms. Haspel's involvement in torture is deeply troubling, as my friend and colleague, John McCain, so eloquently reminded us".

The committee's report on the CIA's rendition program said senior al Qaeda operatives Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were detained at that location. Senator John McCain of Arizona said her role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hinted Tuesday that Haspel's confirmation vote could come relatively soon.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, under the leadership of Feinstein, investigated the CIA's interrogation and detainment program for terrorists in 2014.

"The torture of detainees in USA custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history", McCain said in a statement. Haspel has not disclosed any details of what she did in connection with the program or say whether she thought it had been immoral.