Gina Haspel, alleged water-boarder, could be the next Central Intelligence Agency director

R-Ariz. receives the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio blasted Democrats' hypocrisy, tweeting, "Enhanced interrogation is banned by law". Rand Paul of Kentucky, are expected to vote for Haspel. "I'd have them active and ready to go", Cheney said during an interview with Fox Business.

The statement came hours after Haspel testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in both open and closed settings.

Her vague answer did little to keep Harris off her tail.

It wasn't long before the former prosecutor turned her attention to the morality of torture, a subject Sens.

Graham's statement was a positive development for GOP leaders, because along with Flake, he was seen as among the most likely Republicans for Haspel's opponents to win over, given his close relationship to McCain, though Graham has disagreed with the Arizona senator before on other key votes.

"Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing".

Senators will need to decide if Haspel represents the best option with this president in the Oval Office.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME notes that the president as a candidate repeatedly expressed his support for waterboarding.

McCain released a statement Wednesday evening asking senators to vote against Haspel because of her involvement in the George W. Bush administration's interrogation program after 9/11.

Senators Rand Paul and John McCain have both spoken out about Haspel and how her experience with torture should make her morals so questionable that she should not be considered for the position of Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Haspel equivocated. Having just vowed not to permit behavior she thought was personally immoral, she refused to answer a question about what that meant.

The United States should bring back enhanced interrogation techniques and "go back and study them and learn", according to former vice president Dick Cheney on Thursday.

Republican Senator Susan Collins asked Haspel what she would do if Trump gave her a direct order to use waterboarding on a 'high-value terrorism suspect'. She has experience in virtually every agency discipline, from counterterrorism to counterintelligence and offensive intelligence operations - including personally recruiting spies and directing covert operations. She did defend the agency's actions as legal at the time and justifiable in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

KING: She did say that.

But Haspel's critics warned that her confirmation would also set "a precedent for secret confirmation processes", in the words of Sen. "Gina Haspel should be confirmed as soon as possible as we live in a time of continuing threats". What he would have to say about Haspel mattered.

The powerful chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee was held in captivity as a prisoner of war for five years in then-North Vietnam, and was tortured.

Haspel is facing opposition from some Democrats and many rights groups who are critical of her activities related to the shredding of interrogation videotapes in 2005 and her stint at a covert detention site in Thailand where two detainees were waterboarded, which simulates drowning.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said the agency was feeding "small pieces" of information to senators to bolster her nomination while keeping any damaging records under wraps.

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