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 McCainMartha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter Meghan McCain blasts NY Times: 'Everyone already knows how much you despise' conservative women GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials MORE (R-Ariz.), after he issued a statement raising concerns about President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign 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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“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.”
 
Cheney also criticized a Republican senator opposed to Haspel, accusing Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter Juan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump Mitch McConnell may win the impeachment and lose the Senate MORE (R-Ky.) of “defending and sympathizing with terrorists.”
 
 
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.”