Bill Nelson says he'll vote for Gina Haspel


"Her statement today that the "enhanced interrogation program is not one the Central Intelligence Agency should have undertaken" has not relieved my concerns, which are rooted in both the responsibility I feel as a Senator and in my own deeply held faith", Senator Jones said.

The committee voted Wednesday in a closed session before a hearing on the intelligence community's assessment of 2017 Russian election meddling, in which former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and former National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers are testifying.

During her confirmation hearing last week, Haspel said she wouldn't restart the interrogation program.

Count Bill Nelson among those Democrats willing to buck party lines to vote for Gina Haspel as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

President Trump nominated Haspel to the post, and her confirmation process has been under intense scrutiny.

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Nelson, on the fence until now, has seen some re-election pressure Tuesday to vote for Haspel, with Republican opponent Gov. Rick Scott putting out an ad accusing him of being too party-line Democrat, and theNational Republican Senatorial Committee running digital ads in Florida encouraging voters to urge him to support her nomination. But by the time he released the statement, two key swing votes on the committee, Manchin and GOP moderate Senator Susan Collins of ME, had already announced they would vote for Haspel.

She ran a black-site prison in Thailand where a high-level terrorist was detained and tortured in 2002. There is a legal and moral responsibility that comes with operating in secrecy. "We must choose leaders that consistently embody our highest ideals, rather than our darkest moments".

"I believe she is someone who can and will stand up to the President if ordered to do something illegal or immoral - like a return to torture", Warner said in explaining his decision to vote for her. Of those six Democrats, four have said they are voting for Haspel, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is likely to vote against her and GOP Sen.

Haspel has pledged not to implement an interrogation program of that kind again. Senators Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of IN have also indicated they will vote for her, making the vote at least close. McCain said her role "in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing".