US Republican Senator John McCain has advised his colleagues in the Senate against confirming Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee for CIA director who is accused of involvement in the agency’s torture program.
McCain, one of the loudest Republican critics of Trump’s policies, said after Haspel’s much-anticipated confirmation hearing on Wednesday that “her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying.”
The Arizona senator said Haspel failed to address his concerns about her role in the CIA’s so-called “enhanced interrogation program” when former President George W. Bush was in office.
Haspel cannot afford to lose any additional Republican support. McCain is recovering from surgery related to his brain cancer in Arizona and was not expected to be present when the Senate votes on Haspel’s nomination. With McCain out and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) opposed, Haspel still needs support from at least one…