Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Senator Dianne Feinstein to Vote "No" on Haspel Nomination for CIA Director

Senator Dianne Feinstein to Vote

Richard Burr (R-NC) speak following CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2018. The letter comes as Warner has yet to announce whether he will back Haspel.

Haspel said she would "refuse to undertake any proposed activity that is contrary to my moral and ethical values".

Mark Warner of Virginia, Haspel said one of the "hard lessons since 9/11" was the costs of the agency's use of torture, which she called "enhanced interrogation". But critics have said she should have been more forceful in denouncing torture and Mr. Paul has said she had not come fully clean on her role in the agency's harsh interrogation and secret prison programs in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Asked about the Iran nuclear deal that Trump withdrew from last week, she said that Iran had continued to substantially meet its commitments, including by observing limits on its centrifuges and amounts of low-enriched uranium and by not pursuing the original design of its heavy water research reactor. "In many ways, her story is representative of the thousands of people at the Agency and throughout the intelligence community who serve quietly, without recognition, and often at great personal risk, in order to keep our nation safe from those who wish to do us harm", Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, wrote in a statement Tuesday. If approved, she will be the first woman to head the agency.

Haspel pledged at her confirmation hearing that she would never restart the program, in place in the years after the September 11, 2001 attacks, but did not go as far as saying it should not have been started.

"I'm going to support Gina Haspel's nomination to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency". "I don't think it's knowable whether interrogation techniques played a role in that". Haspel was assured of a favorable vote from the committee, which has an 8-7 Republican majority, when Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced they would support her nomination.

Though Haspel's nomination has gained steam, it's not yet a given that she will confirmed.

A career intelligence officer and now acting director, Haspel faces ongoing questions over her work running a covert detention site where terror suspects were brutally interrogated.

"It's not just the issue of torture", he said.

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