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06:26Trump Praises Gina Haspel for Doing 'Spectacular Job' at Senate Hearing

06:26Trump Praises Gina Haspel for Doing 'Spectacular Job' at Senate Hearing

The president drew harsh criticism during the 2016 campaign when he disputed that McCain is a war hero, saying he prefers war heroes "who weren't captured".

John McCain, R-Ariz., voiced his opposition to Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

She portrayed herself as a "typical middle-class American" with a "strong sense of right and wrong" who just doesn't happen to have any social media accounts.

McCain said Haspel in speaking to the Senate Intelligence Committee failed to address his concerns about her role in an enhanced interrogation program during the George W. Bush administration. The Senators are also being limited in what they can ask Haspel about. I want to trust that you have the moral compass you said you have.

Senators have asked several of Trump's Cabinet nominees to commit to stand up to the president and inform Congress if he were to pressure them to do anything legally or morally questionable.

During her testimony, Haspel cited the support she has among the agency's rank and file, noting that "they know that I don't need time to learn the business of what CIA does".

"I think you have to be very direct about these things", Senator Dianne Feinstein, Harris's colleague from California, said after the portion of the hearing that was open to the public. That's a vital concern since he's spoken of bringing back waterboarding, in which a detained person is doused with buckets of water to the point of near-drowning. She was sworn in as deputy director on February 7, 2017. In the end her boss made the call, and she carried out the order, she said.

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a lengthy report in 2014 that concluded that the CIA's interrogation techniques were not a legitimate or useful way of procuring useful intelligence.

"We're not getting back in that business", she said.

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"Senator, I believe that we should hold ourselves to the moral standard outlined in the Army Field Manual", Haspel responded.

Haspel said she would put more intelligence officers in the field overseas and says there has been an outpouring of support from young women at the CIA who hope she becomes the first female CIA director.

"I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense".

"Ms Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing", McCain said in a statement.

McCain, who has remained in Arizona since the end of previous year, was not expected to return for any votes this month.

Her nomination had appeared to be in trouble before the hearing, with The Washington Post reporting she offered to withdraw late last week and had to be talked down by White House officials. And would she do it again if President Donald Trump demanded it? His view represents that of most of his fellow Republicans.

It didn't work, she told a congressional committee Wednesday.

Even if Paul and others break from their party, Haspel could get the support she needs from across the aisle. Sen.

Many Democrats have also spoken out against her nomination. "Was that the environment in which you and the country were operating in at the time?" McCain said Haspel had a chance to "explain her involvement in the so-called enhanced interrogation program during the Bush administration, and account for the mistakes the country made in torturing detainees held" after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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