Meghan McCain rips Liz Cheney over CIA tweet: ‘My father doesn’t need torture explained to him’
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Meghan McCain on Thursday ripped a lawmaker over a tweet directed at her father, Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCNN anchor hits Trump: He didn't go to Vietnam 'until he was in his 70s' with 'Secret Service protection' Trump reignites criticism of McCain months after senator's death Graham defends McCain amid Trump attacks: 'Nothing about his service will ever be changed' MORE (R-Ariz.), after he issued a statement raising concerns about President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE’s pick to lead the CIA.

The Arizona senator had issued a statement on Tuesday concerning Trump’s nomination of CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to lead the agency, expressing concern over her involvement with the George W. Bush administration’s torture program following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
 
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Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGOP lawmakers: House leaders already jockeying for leadership contests Pentagon: Trump's 'cost plus 50' plan hasn't been discussed with Europe Liz Cheney: Dems are 'enabling anti-Semitism' MORE (R-Wyo.), whose father, Dick Cheney, served as vice president under Bush during the program, took to Twitter to accuse McCain of "slandering" the CIA officers who took part in the program.
 
“The Enhanced Interrogation Program saved lives, prevented attacks, & produced intel that led to Osama bin Laden,” Cheney tweeted. “The techniques were the same as those used on our own people in the [Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape] program. No one should slander the brave men & women who carried out this crucial program.”
 
Meghan McCain, who co-hosts "The View," then fired back at Cheney: “My father doesn’t need torture explained to him.”

John McCain was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five years and was subjected to torture at the infamous prison nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton.” 

Following Haspel's nomination, he called for her to explain the “nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA’s interrogation program” in a statement.
 
Haspel joined the CIA in 1985 and faced scrutiny for her role surrounding waterboarding and other interrogation techniques used on detainees at a CIA "black site" prison she ran in Thailand in 2002.
 
The American Civil Liberties Union said Haspel was “up to her eyeballs in torture, both in running a secret torture prison in Thailand and carrying out an order to cover up torture crimes by destroying videotapes.”
 
 
 
McCain is one of the most prominent critics of torture on Capitol Hill, and has criticized Trump’s support of controversial interrogation policies like waterboarding. 
 
“I know from personal experience that the abuse of prisoners will produce more bad than good,” he said in 2014.
 
Dick Cheney has long defended the torture program that began during his tenure as vice president, saying in 2014 he would “do it again in a minute.”