'Swamp Person' Joe Donnelly Announces Support For Trump's CIA Nominee

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Haspel faced intense questioning from lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week over her time at the Central Intelligence Agency when it used "enhanced interrogation methods" like waterboarding following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Protesters disrupted Gina Haspel's CIA Senate confirmation hearing this week over Haspel's involvement in enhanced interrogation tactics used by the CIA after 9/11. Trump has agreed with Cheney, saying during his campaign that "torture works". He says the program was necessary to keep the USA safe from attacks and that he doesn't think the techniques used amounted to torture.

McCain, who was tortured during the Vietnam War and has always been an opponent of the harsh interrogation techniques used during the George W. Bush administration, came out against Haspel's nomination on Wednesday night.

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Haspel is expected to get the nod from the GOP-controlled Senate intelligence committee, but senators are still deciding whether they will vote to confirm her when the full Senate votes in upcoming weeks.

With two Democrats now backing her nomination-the first to do so was Sen.

Haspel has said that as CIA head she would not allow her agency to engage in the interrogation tactics that have been put off the table for their harshness, even if ordered to do so.

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Republicans do have a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate.

Over the past few days, Mike Braun, the Republican nominee for Senate in IN, attacked Donnelly for being undecided on Haspel's nomination and playing a political game with his vote, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

Donnelly is the second Democrat to endorse Haspel's nomination, joining Sen. John McCain, a Republican who is still recovering from treatment for brain cancer and would likely not return in time for the Haspel vote, is firmly against the nomination. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, both from California, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Tim Kaine of Virginia.

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