South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds Undecided on Gina Haspel Vote

Lucy Bush
May 15, 2018

Two Democrats in Republican-leaning states have already backed Haspel, whose involvement at the Central Intelligence Agency while it employed such enhanced methods has been a sticking point in her confirmation process.

Haspel is expected to win "yes " votes from at least nine of the committee's 15 members, garnering support from all eight Republicans and at least one Democrat, Sen.

Though Haspel's nomination has gained steam, it's not yet a given that she will confirmed.

~ On the nomination of Gina Haspel to be CIA Director ~. John McCain, out of Washington battling cancer - additional Republicans would have to join McCain in opposing Haspel for her confirmation to be in jeopardy.

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She needs only 50 votes but Republicans enjoy just a slim 51-49 majority in the chamber.

But Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., this week announced that after a "tough, frank and extensive discussion", with Haspel, he would join fellow a Democrat, West Virginia Sen.

"See, I think people who have actually been tortured who are saying this is not a good thing, you should listen to them because you have never been tortured", she told Trump.

"Over the past year I've had the opportunity to work with Ms. Haspel in her role as Deputy Director, and I have always found her to be professional and forthright with the Intelligence Committee", Warner said. "While I won't condemn those that made these hard calls, and I have noted the valuable intelligence collected, the program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world", Haspel wrote.

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Haspel played an integral role in the CIA's program, both as a senior leader in the agency's Counterterrorism Center and a supervisor of a secret facility in Thailand. Haspel said she drafted an order to destroy the tapes at the direction of her boss, Jose Rodriguez, who was head of the CIA's clandestine service at the time.

Haspel has said she drafted a cable authorizing the destruction, which was sent by her boss, former operations director Jose Rodriguez, in 2005.

"It's not just the issue of torture", he said. "I have serious reservations about this nominee, and I will oppose her".

That was when Bartiromo asked the vice president who served under former President George W. Bush about torture. "It's a key part of how evasive she's been". The vote by the full Senate has not yet been scheduled.

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McCain's move, in turn, prompted an embarrassment for the Trump administration when a White House aide at a private meeting jokingly dismissed the senator's opposition because "he's dying anyway".

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