Central Intelligence Agency nominee has ties to Kentucky

Central Intelligence Agency nominee has ties to Kentucky

"She would bring more direct, hard-earned experience to the role of CIA director than any leader in the agency's history", McConnell said Wednesday in a statement. "Bloody Gina! You are a torturer!" she continued.

With two Democrats now backing her nomination-the first to do so was Sen.

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Donnelly's endorsement comes just days after Haspel's confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, during which she repeatedly refused to say torture is immoral and denied that the CIA has ever even engaged in torture. Donnelly announced that he will be voting to confirm Haspel after a " tough, frank, and extensive discussion".

Haspel, now the acting director of the CIA, told members of the Senate intelligence committee during her confirmation hearing on Wednesday that, if confirmed, she would not restart the interrogation program. "I remember the operative who was in charge of that", Haspel said.

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Senator Joe Donnelly of IN said after meeting Haspel he believes that she "has learned from the past, and that the Central Intelligence Agency under her leadership can help our country confront serious worldwide threats and challenges". Manchin, too, faces an uphill battle for reelection in November. "You can send a really incredible swamp person back to the Senate, like Joe Donnelly".

With Donnelly's support, Senate Republicans, who hold a slim 51-49 majority, have a chance to reach the necessary votes in a floor vote.

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After graduating from high school in England, Haspel returned to the U.S.to attend college - she started at the University of Kentucky majoring in journalism before moving across the state and graduating with honors from the University of Louisville. John McCain, a Republican who is still recovering from treatment for brain cancer and would likely not return in time for the Haspel vote, is firmly against the nomination.

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