Sen. Mark Warner to Support Gina Haspel for CIA Director. Grrrrrrrr

April FrancisMay 15, 2018

Under a tough grilling last week, Haspel pledged she would not restart the waterboarding program, even if pressured by President Trump - who has supported bringing back waterboarding or something worse.

As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Paul's opposition nearly triggered the panel to report Mr. Pompeo out of the committee unfavorably before the full Senate vote. Mark Warner's decision strengthens the likelihood that she will be confirmed by the Senate in coming days.

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. John McCain and Rand Paul have signaled they will buck President Trump and oppose her historic nomination.

She needs only 50 votes but Republicans enjoy just a slim 51-49 majority in the chamber.

The Democratic support gives Haspel's contentious nomination some much-needed breathing room.

Both Donnelly and Manchin are running for reelection this year in states that President Trump carried easily in 2016, and Donnelly, in particular, was being attacked for his supposed opposition to Haspel as late as Thursday, when Trump spoke at a campaign rally in Elkhart, Indiana and called for a vote for his Republican opponent, millionaire businessman Mike Braun.

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"Waterboarding is an opportunity for us to get information - useful information - out of somebody that we're questioning", he explained before undergoing the interrogation technique.

Cheney said he didn't know Haspel personally, but backs her nomination: "I think she'd be a great Central Intelligence Agency director".

Haspel's letter was first reported by CNN. "I don't think it's knowable whether interrogation techniques played a role in that".

Appearing on Fox News with host Maria Bartiromo, former Vice President Dick Cheney said he disagrees with the global community that calls waterboarding prisoners "torture", and said he would advocate for it once again if asked.

"Waterboarding was applied actually to only three individuals - one of those was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11", Cheney said on "Sunday Morning Futures".

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