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The practices are now banned. During the hearing, Harris also challenged Haspel to recuse herself from decisions about her records. "That's the least we should expect from any nominee and certainly the director of the CIA", The committee's vice chairman, Sen.

Both Trump and Pompeo expressed support for Haspel and her testimony on Wednesday night. Most Democrats (with whom King caucuses) will oppose her.

Haspel also said she believes the USA should hold itself to the moral standards outlined in the manual.

Haspel's nomination has stirred controversy because of her involvement in the agency's "enhanced interrogation" effort during the George W. Bush administration. Haspel was a chief of the base at Thailand at a covert detention site where terror suspects were waterboarded due to which she knew what it was like to be a close confirmation vote in the full Senate. "She's pretty upset. We didn't talk about funerals", said Graham. Manchin's vote could be enough to win approval in the narrowly divided chamber. She did not respond to a request for comment Thursday evening.

Haspel already has the strong support of many Republicans. But one thing Cheney can not do is change the past - in spite of the revisionist historical narrative he offered Bartiromo. A nomination hearing is not the place to establish the truth about the nominee's alleged role in crimes under worldwide law.

"You should consider carefully how you might deal with morally questionable results in the future", warned Sen.

But none of these critiques of Haspel, some entirely fair and some convoluted by politics, are as problematic as one high-profile defense of her, from the White House's own press secretary.

The Senate hearing was marked by sharp exchanges with the two California Democrats.

Resisting the demonizing language of the far left, he acknowledged: "By many accounts from intelligence professionals, Gina Haspel is a qualified, experienced CIA veteran, who has the respect of CIA's staff".

The Justice Department investigated the destruction of the tapes, but no charges were filed. "I would absolutely not permit it". She is who they are. "I never watched the tapes". As my former C.I.A. colleague Doug Wise wrote in The Cipher Brief, "One thing I know, it wasn't Gina's program, and it wasn't the C.I.A.'s program, it was America's program". Tuesday, she addressed Sen. "The president has asserted that torture works". As the innkeeper of "Fawlty Towers", the British sitcom, was fond of saying in moments of neighborly frustration, "you might as well ask the cat".

She added that she felt blessed because, "Dad's actually doing really well right now". In the charged atmosphere after the September 11 attacks, we at the C.I.A. were stuck with a no-win situation.

Cheney and Haspel have a similar moral compass, it seems: On Wednesday, Haspel demurred to answer Sen. "Do you believe in hindsight that those techniques were immoral?" 11 mistakes on Ms. Haspel and or on the C.I.A.

Much of Haspel's 33-year career remains classified, but she has received stellar endorsements from across the intelligence community. If confirmed, Haspel would become the first woman to lead the agency in its history - a fact that GOP members of the intelligence panel mentioned frequently. She also would be the first woman to head the Central Intelligence Agency, as she pointed out in her opening remarks.

"I regret I did not catch this remark, as it should have been challenged", Payne said.