Top US Senate intelligence Democrat backs Trump CIA nominee

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CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2018.

"If she is confirmed, the Senate Intelligence Committee will continue to conduct thorough and vigorous oversight over the nation's intelligence agencies".

Before that, Ms. Haspel needs to secure more Republican votes with Mr. Paul, a Kentuckian known for his independent streak and libertarian views, at the center of the confirmation drama. With a 51-49 Republican majority - and one of the GOP no votes, Sen.

Feinstein, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were among the leading Democrats given regular briefings on the use of torture during the period between 2002 and 2007 when waterboarding, "walling" and other forms of physical abuse of prisoners were common practice in Central Intelligence Agency secret prisons. Joe Manchin are two Democrats on the committee who are supporting Haspel, and that vote is not in doubt. "I have serious reservations about this nominee, and I will oppose her".

Enhanced interrogation techniques were introduced in the United States after the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

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. 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. They're also more likely to see the agency in a more favorable light these days.

Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona who is away from the Senate amid treatment for brain cancer, released a statement last week saying Haspel's refusal to rebuke torture as immoral in her hearing was "disqualifying". And some of his fellow lawmakers are not sure he will hold the line again against his party and his president's wishes.

"But you probably shouldn't count his vote until it's cast", said Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, told Politico magazine.