Potential contact between extremists and Pakistan nuclear scientists: Gina Haspel

Potential contact between extremists and Pakistan nuclear scientists: Gina Haspel”

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

"I think the word that was actually used is that 'You guys are pussies, ' " Mitchell said.

"The CIA can, probably, make the biggest contribution, in collection, about these countries' activities and various groups activities so that we can inform the USA government agencies that have to mount our defence", she said. "Was that the environment in which you and the country were operating in at the time?"

Senators asked how she would respond if Trump - who has said he supports harsh interrogation techniques such as waterboarding and "a hell of a lot worse" - ordered her to do something she found morally objectionable.

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Protesters interrupted Haspel's hearing shouting, "Prosecute the torturers!" and "Bloody Gina!"

"I'm not going to sit here with the benefit of hindsight and judge", Haspel said.

He proved to be an outlier, as the other Democrats on the committee peppered her with questions over whether she would be a check on Mr. Trump.

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. She would later return, attending the University of Kentucky and graduating from the University of Louisville. I support the law, I wouldn't support a change in the law. "From my first days in training, I had a knack for the nuts and bolts of my profession".

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Haspel's fate hinges on how well she fields tough questions from senators who want details of her time running a covert detention site where terror suspects were waterboarded, a tactic that simulates drowning, and seek an explanation for why she wanted videos of the sessions destroyed. It was one of the darkest chapters of the CIA's history and tainted America's image worldwide.

Those who support Haspel's nomination-including virtually all living ex-CIA directors from Democratic and Republican administrations alike, along with powerful sections of the United States ruling establishment-see her as a fit candidate to lead an agency preparing for war overseas and repression at home. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., as she has resisted calls to declassify additional records about her career. He cited a provision of an executive order that prohibits information from being classified "in order to hide violations of law, inefficiency or administrative error" or "to prevent embarrassment to a person, organization or agency". The agency learned "tough lessons" during "that tumultuous time", Haspel said, and that theexperiencereinforced her "personal commitment, clearly and without reservation", not to restart the CIA's detention and interrogation program. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who embraced Haspel before she took her seat for questioning, said he would vote for her. Manchin said in a statement she was "supremely qualified" for the job.

"Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying", McCain said. He said "no one should get credit simply for agreeing to follow the law". She also participated in destroying videotaped evidence of the torture.

Haspel's nomination was dealt a potentially crippling blow several hours after the hearing when Republican Senator John McCain urged his colleagues to vote against her.

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"I think we should hold ourselves to a stricter moral standard, and I would never allow the Central Intelligence Agency to be involved in coercive interrogation", she said at another time.

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