White House official reportedly mocked 'dying' John McCain

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Cheney's comments came as President Donald Trump's nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director, Gina Haspel, faced questions over her integral role in a program many believed was torture of suspected terrorists.

"She would bring more direct, hard-earned experience to the role of CIA director than any leader in the agency's history", McConnell said Wednesday in a statement. "I would absolutely not permit it".

McCain went on to say: 'I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense. "She is a disgrace", another tweet added.

Haspel's testimony was interrupted by a protester who yelled, "Bloody Gina" and 'You are a torturer, ' before being removed by police. There is nobody even close to run the CIA!'

In 2005 she drafted a memo advocating that videotapes of such incidents be destroyed to protect the identities of the interrogators.

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McCain's decision will certainly influence the debate, but it may not block Haspel's confirmation. Haspel told them she doesn't believe torture works.

Therefore it's unsurprising, yet still appalling, that President Trump and his allies are not handling McCain's battle with terminal brain cancer with much grace. While it's unclear what effect McCain's stance will have on Haspel's confirmation, his views carry clout as a voice of principle from the only senator now serving who has been held captive during wartime.

The protesters were among the first to be allowed into the hearing room and wore signs that read "No Torture No Gina" and "Don't Reward Torturers". "Gina Haspel is an incredibly experienced and qualified nominee to serve as @CIA Director, and I look forward to supporting her nomination". She spent more than 30 years working undercover, acquiring secret information from dead drops and at meetings in dusty back alleys of third-world capitals.

She says, "we don't have interrogators and we don't have interrogation expertise". While she grew up overseas, as her father was in the Air Force, "Kentucky was always her home away from home", according to her biography on the CIA's website. Would a Director Haspel stand up to the president's worst instincts, or enable them?

The Justice Department investigated the destruction of the tapes, but no charges were filed.

Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich asked her, 'Doesn't that feel like a cover-up?' Last month, the CIA released a 2011 memo summarizing a disciplinary review conducted by then-CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell. Most Democrats (with whom King caucuses) will oppose her.

It's been well-documented that Donald Trump and Republican Arizona Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, announced he would vote in her favor.

Following a report that a White House aide made a derisive comment about John McCain's health, the Republican Senator's wife Cindy McCain responded on Twitter in defense of her husband, who was diagnosed with brain cancer a year ago.

Haspel's opponents outside Congress include Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

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