The Senate Intel Committee voted 10-5 today in favor of CIA director nominee Gina Haspel who now has to go before a vote from the Senate. This is a crucial first step in becoming the CIA Director.
A few Senators decided to play politics instead of put America’s safety first by voting in favor of a VERY qualified nominee. Instead, the chose this moment to try and bring up the time right after 9/11 when interrogation was so important. Political posturing for reelection was more important to these Democrats and one Independent:
Dianne Feinstein of California
Ron Wyden of Oregon
Kamala Harris of California
Martin Heinrich of New Mexico
Angus King of Maine, who is an independent
Daily Caller reports:
If she passes confirmation, Haspel would become the first female director in the agency’s history of over 70 years.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hinted Tuesday that Haspel’s confirmation vote could come relatively soon.
“Gina Haspel is the right woman at the right time. Her nomination has support from national security leaders and senators in both parties,” McConnell said in a statement Wednesday morning. “There is no reason why her confirmation should be delayed — and I look forward to advancing it expeditiously following the committee’s action.”
FEINSTEIN EMBARRASSED HERSELF DURING TESTIMONY – HASPEL CORRECTED HER DURING TESTIMONY:
Feinstein is dismissive of Haspel and curtly requires a yes or no answer. Feinstein continues to insist this is correct information. Quite an embarrassing moment for the Senator who later on in interviews this afternoon remained dismissive even though Feinstein is wrong. Stubborn and arrogant is what Feinstein comes off as…
Watch Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) get a little snarky in an interview with Margaret Brennan. Feinstein was asked questions about perceived left-wing pressure in her home state to oppose President Donald Trump’s nominees as she seeks re-election in November.
On “Face The Nation,” Feinstein discussed her issues with supporting Gina Haspel to be the next CIA Director in place of Mike Pompeo, who has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next secretary of state.
Feinstein, as other Democrats have, said she opposed Haspel’s position on enhanced interrogation but stressed she wouldn’t make up her mind on Haspel until after her confirmation hearing. Brennan said it sounded like Feinstein was leaning toward a “no” even though Haspel had strong support from within the CIA.
“There are some in the intelligence community who are looking to you as a very key vote here … There are those who are questioning whether it’s possible for you personally to be supportive of her, given the pressures you are feeling from progressives back in your home state of California right now, that you just can’t afford to support any Trump nominee,”