Feinstein, McCain formally oppose Haspel for top CIA job
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.