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McCain has elected to hold her public reaction to Sadler's comment until her TV appearance.

One of the very first Trump campaign scandals involved the candidate mocking Senator John McCain's military service, saying: "He's not a war hero".

McCain said he would oppose the nomination of Haspel over her comments on the USA enhanced interrogation program, stating "her role in overseeing the use of torture is disturbing", and "her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying".

But Haspel refused to disavow her past actions related to the program, arguing that she had been led to believe they were legal at the time.

Trump wrote: 'Gina Haspel did a spectacular job today.

"Like many Americans, I understand the urgency that drove the decision to resort to so-called enhanced interrogation methods after our country was attacked", McCain said Wednesday.

He concluded: "While Acting Director Haspel did assert that she would refuse to restart CIA's detention and interrogation program, she did not provide much-needed clarity about her reported role overseeing the program or the destruction of the videotapes". Her nomination has strong support inside the agency and from many of its former leaders, including several who served under President Barack Obama.

"Gina Haspel has claimed for years that she believed her boss would get signoff before ordering the destruction of the torture tapes", Mr. Wyden said.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he has chose to vote to confirm Gina Haspel as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Haspel did suggest that in retrospect, she would not have supported the order given by her superior in 2005 to destroy videotapes of an interrogation where torture took place.

Haspel, he said, was offered an opportunity to explain her involvement and "account for the mistakes the country made in torturing detainees".

President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next CIA director says the spy agency learned "tough lessons" from its use of harsh detention and interrogation tactics on terror suspects after 9/11. She said that she never saw the videos and was not depicted on them, but that the destruction was important at the time to protect the Central Intelligence Agency personnel showed on the tapes from being targeted by militants.

The protesters began yelling, "stop the torture, stop the torture" and "don't reward torture".

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, is among the most sober-minded and serious members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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".

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