Her views on torture and failing to admit and answer questions clearly about her stance on the use of torture has caused controversy.
The question came near the end of a almost three-hour hearing from Sen. "I don't think it's going to occur". U.S. Capitol Police quickly removed them from the hearing room where members of the Senate intelligence committee are holding a confirmation hearing for Gina Haspel.
"If Ms. Haspel is confirmed, it's going to undercut a lot of the efforts that the Department of State and other US government agencies make in promoting human rights", Ford said. However, Feinstein conveniently left Clinton out of her 2014 report on the CIA's detention and interrogation programs. "This is a woman who has been a leader wherever she has gone".
"Senator, it's a hypothetical", Haspel said. His absence also could deprive Republicans of the 51 votes they need to confirm Haspel. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., as she has resisted calls to declassify additional records about her career. A senator from the Bluegrass State now stands between her and her next role.
While she has deep experience, her nomination is contentious because she was chief of base of a covert detention site in Thailand where terror suspects were waterboarded. This has a lot of Senators pushing for questions about her view on what happened in the past.
"It is important to recall the context of those challenging times immediately following 9/11", she said.
Gina Haspel says she got up from her desk on 9/11 and, like many other CIA officers, walked over to the spy agency's Counterterrorism Center to volunteer to help.
Haspel has vowed not to restart any enhanced interrogation program, and said she would resist an order from the president to waterboard any detainees.
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Hannity slammed Wyden, saying that Haspel was "doing her job". "I would absolutely not permit it", she added. He said that while Haspel was one of the two officers "directly involved in the decision to destroy the tapes", he "found no fault" with what she did. She played a major role in the program, and as her supporters claim, was simply trying to stop another devastating attack.
She staunchly defended her role in the 2005 destruction of the videotapes.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted favorably of Haspel, "I had the chance to watch Acting CIA Director Gina Haspel testify". He said the hearing is not about the now-defunct CIA interrogation programme, but about who should lead the agency in the future as it faces current threats to USA national security.
For decades, American foreign policy towards China has been rooted in the belief that as they prospered, economically, they would embrace democracy, they would embrace the global rule of law, Mr. Rubio said in his remarks.
File image of CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel. But she also said that doesn't mean she supports the practice anymore.
Haspel oversaw an interrogation site where Central Intelligence Agency agents waterboarded suspected terrorists, something the United Nations considers torture. He said Wednesday that Haspel's refusal to regard the so-called torture program as immoral, disqualifies her. "I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination", McCain said in a statement.
Many Democrats have spoken out against her nomination. She says that other agencies have that expertise. Haspel remained stone-faced as police escorted them out of the room.
Haspel refused to offer any such promises. The Justice Department also investigated, but no charges were filed.