Fe­in­stein, McCain for­mally op­pose Haspel for top CIA job

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WASH­ING­TON » The au­thor of the Senate’s com­pre­hen­sive re­view of CIA in­ter­ro­ga­tion prac­tices for­mally an­nounced Thurs­day that she would op­pose Gina Haspel as the agency’s new di­rec­tor, ar­gu­ing that con­firm­ing some­one so closely tied to the pro­gram would in ef­fect be telling the world that the United States en­dorses tor­ture.

“This nom­i­na­tion is big­ger than one per­son,” Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein, D- Calif., who re­leased the 2014 tor­ture re­port as then- chair­man of the Senate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, wrote in a state­ment. “For the Senate to con­firm some­one so in- volved with the pro­gram to the high­est po­si­tion at the CIA would in ef­fect tell the world that we ap­prove of what hap­pened, and I ab­so­lutely do not.”

Fe­in­stein’s dec­la­ra­tion comes on the heels of a sim­i­lar mes­sage from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who stated Wed­nes­day night that while Haspel’s 33-year record of ser­vice at the CIA is im­pres­sive, her re­fusal to de­nounce her past in­volve­ment with the in­ter­ro­ga­tion pro­gram as im­moral dis­qual­i­fies her as a po­ten­tial di­rec­tor.

“Ms. Haspel’s role in over­see­ing the use of tor­ture by Amer­i­cans is disturbing. Her re­fusal to ac­knowl­edge tor­ture’s im­moral­ity is dis­qual­i­fy­ing,” wrote McCain.

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