Doug Jones Sides with Democratic Majority in Opposition to Haspel

Washington Free Beacon | 5/16/2018 | Haris Alic
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BY: Haris Alic

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones (D.) announced Tuesday that he would join his Democratic colleagues in opposing the confirmation of Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Jones decision came on the same day Senators Mark Warner (D., Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (D., N.D.), and Bill Nelson (D., Fla.) announced their support for Haspel, support expected to ensure her confirmation.

In a statement, the Alabama senator said he was "troubled" by the post-9/11 role Haspel played in overseeing a "black site" in Thailand, where waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques were utilized to extract information from suspected terrorists.

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"While her career has been impressive, Ms. Haspel’s role in programs that conducted torture is very troubling; her refusal to acknowledge the immorality of such conduct even today with the benefit of hindsight is even more so and reflects poorly on our nation’s reputation as a moral leader in the world," Jones said. "I have come to the conclusion that I cannot support her confirmation as the Director of the CIA."

The senator stated he was not swayed by the commitment Haspel made during her confirmation hearing last week, in which she pledged not to restart any enhanced interrogation program if she took the helm of the CIA. The...
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