“The President can sign whatever executive orders he likes. But the law is the law," McCain said in a statement. "We are not bringing back torture in the United States of America."
Trump is drafting a three-page order on “detention and interrogation of enemy combatants" that would remove a rule limiting interrogators to only using techniques listed in the Army Field Manuel and call for a review of the manual, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy of the executive order.
McCain added that Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), who was confirmed as CIA director on Monday, told him that "he will comply with the law that applies the Army Field Manual’s interrogation requirements to all U.S. agencies."
Asked if he could commit to senators that the CIA is “out of the enhanced interrogation business,” Pompeo said during his committee hearing, “You have my full commitment."
The Arizona senator and Trump repeatedly sparred over waterboarding and torture during the presidential campaign after the then-GOP candidate voiced support for bringing back waterboarding and a "hell of a lot worse."