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Sen. King: I won't vote for Haspel

Sen. King: I won't vote for Haspel

Harris said she could not talk about what was discussed "in a classified setting", but declared after the hearing to CNN: "I'll tell you and the public right now, I intend to vote against her as a nominee".

He also complained that some of her responses during Wednesday's confirmation hearing were "narrowly crafted and evasive".

"Unfortunately, the testimony the American people heard from Ms. Haspel today failed to address these concerns", McCain said in his statement.

In addition to Wyden and King, Democratic Sens.

Functionally, Republicans now hold 50 seats to the Democrats 49, as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has also said he will not vote for her confirmation. But support is not certain, which means she would need at least one Democratic vote to be confirmed by the Senate. Imagine the meltdown that's going to happen when the first woman president is a Republican-and it will be a Republican woman.

Haspel's promise to fight any attempt to resurrect the program could put her at odds with Trump, who spoke during the campaign about toughening the USA approach to fighting extremists and vowed to authorize waterboarding and a "hell of a lot worse".

The Center for Constitutional Rights and retired general and flag officers of the USA military also wrote to express their concern about Haspel's nomination. Haspel said before being cut off by Harris, who demanded: "Can you please answer the question?" "The president has asserted that torture works", the California Democrat said. Susan Collins of ME about how she would respond to Trump in such an instance.

Haspel confirmed that she drafted a cable for a supervisor who ordered the videotapes to be shredded in 2005.

She says, "we don't have interrogators and we don't have interrogation expertise". Haspel refused to give it.

Trump's choice to replace the now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, faced a tough hearing in the Senate where the Republican majority makes her confirmation uncertain.

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We have to believe there is another potential candidate who is willing to say, if only with the clarity of hindsight, that such interrogation techniques are immoral.

Heinrich, one of the Senate Democrats who Sen.

She says that if she's confirmed, she will follow the clear and legal framework the USA has since imposed that bans any corrosive tactic not spelled out in the Army Field Manual.

"I do not believe the President would ask me to do that", Ms Haspel said, but did not say that she would refuse. She remains an avid fan of Wildcat basketball even though she moved to Louisville her senior year for an internship and graduated with honors from the University of Louisville.

They claim that, were she given the job, authoritarian leaders around the world would be able to say America's behaviour is "no different from ours".

Bayh, a Democrat from IN, and Chambliss, a Republican from Georgia, served on the Senate intelligence committee during Haspel's tenure at the CIA. Haspel defended the interrogation sessions.

Haspel joined the CIA in 1985 and spent most of her career at postings in Europe, Africa and Central Asia. Her dad had to gently break the news to her that West Point did not admit women.

The 61-year-old added that she would not carry out any presidential order she considered immoral.

Protesters disrupted the hearing shouting, "Prosecute the torturers!" and "Bloody Gina!"

Intelligence Committee members focused much of their questioning on Haspel's 2002 oversight of a secret "black site" in Thailand where suspected terrorists were subjected to waterboarding and confined in coffin-shaped boxes for hours during the George W. Bush administration.