Will not permit torture if confirmed to run CIA: Haspel

Will not permit torture if confirmed to run CIA: Haspel

Donnelly's support for Haspel comes as he needs to portray himself as someone who doesn't always oppose the president's agenda, and can agree with those on the other side of the aisle.

"She would bring more direct, hard-earned experience to the role of CIA director than any leader in the agency's history", McConnell said Wednesday in a statement.

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney said the US should restart the harsh detention and interrogation practices used on terror suspects after 9/11, and called on the Senate to confirm Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel.

Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly says he'll support Trump nominee for CIA Director.

Haspel, now the acting director of the CIA, told members of the Senate intelligence committee during her confirmation hearing on Wednesday that, if confirmed, she would not restart the interrogation program.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who also hails from Kentucky and graduated from the University of Louisville, had high praise for Haspel and said he plans to vote to confirm her.

Donnelly announced his decision after meeting with Haspel, he said. Angus King of ME and Democratic Sens.

The Indiana Democrat also pointed to Haspel's backing from former CIA directors John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanSenate panel invites Comey, former officials to briefing in Russian Federation probe Another battle between politics and common sense Live coverage: Trump CIA pick faces Senate grilling MORE, Michael Hayden and Leon Panetta in explaining his support for her. "I remember the operative who was in charge of that", Haspel said. Manchin, too, faces an uphill battle for reelection in November.

She has broad, but not unanimous support, from Republicans in the Senate. "I urge the Senate to send a clear message to the world by rejecting Acting Director Haspel's nomination - and showing that we will never compromise on the values that make our nation great".

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