Haspel says CIA's post-9/11 interrogation program should not have been started

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Joe Manchin are two Democrats on the committee who are supporting Haspel, and that vote is not in doubt.

After Wednesday's closed-door committee vote, the full Senate will likely consider her confirmation next week. "The United States must be an example to the rest of the world, and I support that".

A redacted executive summary of a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report, which was released in 2014, concluded that waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques were ineffective.

Brutal interrogation practices are now banned under U.S. law, but debate on the issue has re-surfaced during Haspel's confirmation process because she was once involved in the CIA's interrogation program.

Last week, Haspel said she would not permit the spy agency to restart any kind of harsh detention and interrogation programmes.

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Haspel sent Warner a letter early Tuesday detailing the agency's post-9/11 interrogation methods and its treatment of detainees. Her written comments went farther than ones she made at her confirmation hearing. "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", she wrote.

With the Republican Party holding only a 51-49 margin in the Senate, cut to 50-49 in practice because of McCain's long absence due to terminal brain cancer, the shift of even one senator had the potential to torpedo the nomination. Trump blasts White House leakers as "traitors" Haspel confirmation vote set for Wednesday This week: Trump heads to Capitol Hill MORE (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he would support her nomination. Stand with John McCain against torture. Another Democrat, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, told reporters Monday that Haspel was qualified for the job and said she would make a decision after reading more documents.

Most Republicans are expected to back Haspel, although Sen.

"While I trust her word, I will also verify, helping to ensure Congress conducts robust oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency under her leadership", she added. According to Haspel, she categorically against the resumption of this program.

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