The debate over the use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding and sleep deprivation are at the forefront as President Trump nominated Gina Haspel to replace CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
She also said there is little question that the program harmed Central Intelligence Agency officers who participated and that it damaged US relations with allies. At least one Democrat, Sen. "If that were the only criteria for this position, I would vote to confirm - but there are additional and important circumstances of her service to weigh". "But at some point I fight back and it won't be pretty".
"Like many Americans, I understand the urgency that drove the decision to resort to so-called enhanced interrogation methods after our country was attacked", McCain said Wednesday.
But she has a dark chapter in her past: her supervision of a secret prison in Thailand where al-Qaeda suspects were tortured, and her subsequent involvement in the destruction of videotapes of that shameful episode.
After the hearing, Republican Sen.
Burr says some may seek to turn her nomination into a trial about a long-shuttered program.
She's pledged not to restart the CIA's now defunct detention and interrogation program, even though Trump has said he supports harsh interrogation tactics such as waterboarding.More news: Navdeep Bains wants Detroit airport turban incident to be a learning experience
Haspel said US law now clearly prohibits such interrogation methods, and 'I fully support the detainee treatment required by law'.
Similarly, Haspel's principal justification for saying that she would not allow the CIA to return to interrogations is that the agency is "not the right place to conduct interrogations".
As for the destruction of the tapes, Collins found that Haspel didn't herself destroy the tapes nor supervise their destruction. Pressed by Warner and several other senators, she eventually said she "would not allow Central Intelligence Agency to undertake activity that I thought was immoral, even if it was technically legal". However, Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing.
He voiced his opposition to Haspel, saying "her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying".
One White House official told New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman that some people "gasped" at Sadler's remark. "Haspel is well-qualified to be CIA Director - she deserves to be confirmed".
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., arrives at the Capitol for a weekly Republican policy meeting, in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, amid the diminishing, last-ditch GOP push to overhaul the nation's health care system. None of these three senators is making up "alternative facts"; this is the quintessential honest difference of opinion.