Veteran Advocacy Group Seeks Support For McCain in Rejection of Haspel


Intelligence committee members have seen this report, but so far other senators, who will vote on Haspel's nomination later this month, have not.

But opponents of Haspel's nomination lament that McCain's fellow Republicans are paying little heed to the Navy veteran's warnings about Haspel.

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

At her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Haspel told lawmakers she would not restart the agency's torture program ― which included waterboarding ― if confirmed as the CIA's director. John McCain, out of Washington battling cancer - additional Republicans would have to join McCain in opposing Haspel for her confirmation to be in jeopardy.

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The one person who might be able to stop the Senate from voting through President Trump's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency is stuck thousands of miles from the Capitol as a key committee prepares to vote on her nomination.

Haspel has been slammed by Senator John McCain and (other) Democrats for opposing her nomination, citing her role in the use of waterboarding to extract key intel from radical Islamic terrorists after the 9/11 attacks. According to Haspel, she categorically against the resumption of this program. The CIA's Rendition, Detention and Interrogation Program is one of the darkest chapters in our nation's history and it must not be repeated.

However, Haspel refused to condemn past interrogation practices as "immoral", despite intense prodding from California Democratic Sen. Haspel said she drafted an order to destroy the tapes at the direction of her boss, Jose Rodriguez, who was head of the CIA's clandestine service at the time. With Warner's support, she is expected to have the backing of all eight committee Republicans and at least two of the seven Democrats. But Rodriguez said in a recent interview with ProPublica that he told Haspel ahead of time that he meant to issue the order on his own, without informing Goss first.

As for Mr. Paul, he has expressed deep reservations about Ms. Haspel since earlier this spring when Mr. Trump nominated her to replace Mike Pompeo, who became secretary of state.