Vulnerable Democrat announces support for Trump's controversial Central Intelligence Agency pick

Vulnerable Democrat announces support for Trump's controversial Central Intelligence Agency pick

"After careful consideration, I will support Ms. Haspel's nomination to lead the agency to which she has dedicated her career", Donnelly added. Donnelly and Manchin are up for re-election in November, and Trump appeared at a political rally Thursday in IN, in which he singled out Donnelly and called on voters to support the Republican nominee, Mike Braun.

Jones, who broke with most Democrats to help confirm former CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be the new secretary of state, should go against the president's pick this time.

Senator Joe Donnelly from IN announced on Saturday that he would would to confirm Haspel to the role, following a meeting with her on Thursday to discuss her nomination that included the use of techniques like waterboarding during interrogation of terror suspects at a base she oversaw IN the early 2000s.

Haspel, the CIA's acting director and a career intelligence officer, answered one question after another about her role - some senators asked about her morals - in overseeing some CIA operations in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Donnelly announced that he will be voting to confirm Haspel after a " tough, frank, and extensive discussion".

Haspel also said she believes the USA should hold itself to the moral standards outlined in the manual.

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Donnelly adds that he is confident that Haspel has "learned from the past, and that the Central Intelligence Agency under her leadership can help our country confront serious global threats and challenges". McCain is recovering from surgery related to his brain cancer in Arizona and was not expected to be present when the Senate votes on Haspel's nomination. He was subjected to torture, waterboarding, and many other horrendous acts, which have impacted on his life in ways that most can't even imagine. McCain subsequently issued a statement in which he said Haspel's refusal to condemn torture as immoral was "disqualifying". Ms. Haspel is to be commended for speaking her mind and allowing her own moral compass to direct her personal actions.

"Like many Americans, I understand the urgency that drove the decision to resort to so-called enhanced interrogation methods after our country was attacked", the 81-year-old senator said in a statement. And Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced this week that he will back Haspel.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, who was tortured during almost six years of captivity during Vietnam, opposes Haspel's nomination.

But at least one Democrat, Sen.

Others include Sens. Angus King from Maine, Doug Jones from Alabama, Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, Bill Nelson from Florida and Claire McCaskill from Missouri.

Haspel's confirmation had been complicated by an intent to vote "no" by Sen. "I think that people, after the fact when they're struggling to try to get a nomination, will say a lot of things".

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