Arizona's Flake opposes Haspel for CIA chief

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A top GOP senator asked CIA director nominee Gina Haspel if she was at all involved in any possible surveillance of President Donald Trump's campaign during the 2016 election after Haspel's latest confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Rights groups denounced the committee vote.

The senator pointed out that only positive materials about her record have been declassified.

But she would not disclose any details of what she did in connection with the interrogation program or say whether she thought it had been immoral.

"As you try to gain our trust. having clarity on these issues and having clarity on what your appointment will represent and what values you will bring to this critically important job at this moment in time is extraordinarily important", he said.

But during her confirmation hearing last week, she said she doesn't believe torture works as an interrogation technique and that her "strong moral compass" would prevent her from carrying out any presidential order she found objectionable. But he said nothing in his closing statement about the destruction of the torture tapes. Richard Burr, stayed there, heads bowed close, smiles on their faces.

"Congress needs to be able to provide fully informed oversight", Flake said.

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"The short answer is yes", Warner told journalists this week.

Haspel served in several positions at the agency during her 30-year career including deputy director of the National Clandestine Service, chief of staff for the Directorate of Operations and chief of station for multiple stations in Europe and Eurasia. "I also would like to know from her before she's appointed, if she is indeed appointed. what does she know about the surveillance of the Trump campaign", the Bowling Green legislator said.

"While I won't condemn those that made these hard calls, and I have noted the valuable intelligence collected, the program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world", Haspel wrote. Jane Harman and then-Sen.

Paul's inquiry slightly echoes President Donald Trump's unproven accusation that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had "my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory", the president tweeted in March of previous year.

In short, Haspel prevaricated again ― in response to a question that Warner had clearly posed to give her another chance to earn the public's confidence.

Despite criticism of her ties to the CIA's former "enhanced interrogation" programme for "terror" suspects in the years after the September 11 attacks, Haspel is expected to become the agency's first female director. The president recently tweeted, "Win Gina!' That is what Haspel - calm and composed even under intense scrutiny - did at the hearing this week, and that's what she'll do as the first female director of the Central Intelligence Agency". They include Mark Warner of Virginia, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelley of Indiana, Bill Nelson of Florida and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

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