While Acting Director Haspel's qualifications and expertise are evident, her oversight of the CIA's now outlawed torture program, and refusal to fully repudiate it, should be disqualifying.
Haspel is under fire from some senators for her overseeing "enhanced interrogation techniques" employed by the Central Intelligence Agency against suspected terrorists in the past, and in particular for not saying during her Senate testimony whether torture is immoral. In her testimony, Haspel defended the use of torture under her watch, saying the decision was necessary in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
McCain, who was tortured during the Vietnam War and has always been an opponent of the harsh interrogation techniques used during the George W. Bush administration, came out against Haspel's nomination on Wednesday night. "A lot of people try to call it that, but it wasn't deemed torture at the time", Cheney said.
"As our country faces dynamic and challenging security threats, it is critically important that our intelligence agencies have the leadership and support that they need to help keep Americans safe and defend our nation from those who wish to do us harm", Donnelly said in a statement, adding that Haspel has support of previous CIA directors who served under former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. "Ms. Haspel is eminently qualified, she is widely esteemed, and she is absolutely the right person at the right moment for this position".
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Republicans do have a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate.
West Virginia's Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat in a state that voted for Mr. Trump by the greatest margin, has also voiced his support for Haspel.
With two Democrats now backing her nomination-the first to do so was Sen. Donnelly announced that he will be voting to confirm Haspel after a " tough, frank, and extensive discussion".
McCain is a widely respected elder statesman in USA politics whose views carry significant weight, but he is battling brain cancer and is unlikely to vote on Haspel's nomination.