Dem Heinrich to vote 'no' on Trump CIA nominee

Dem Heinrich to vote 'no' on Trump CIA nominee

Democratic Sen. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichSenate report says Obama officials were 'not well-postured' to respond to Russian hacking Democratic senators ask banks to prohibit funding Arctic drilling Senate drama surrounding Trump trial starts to fizzle MORE (N.M.) said Monday he will not support Gina Haspel to be President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE’s new CIA director.

"This is about trust, and the public is not being afforded an open and honest debate about the nominee," Heinrich told NBC News.

"There are questions that absolutely need to be answered publicly, and given her position, she can make the choice to do so. As the nominee, she owes that to the public."

Heinrich sits on the the Senate Intelligence Committee, which will hold a hearing Wednesday on Haspel's nomination.


Haspel, a career CIA official, has faced intense scrutiny over her participation in the post-9/11 detention and interrogation program run by the administration of former President George W. Bush.

Democrats have pressed the CIA to declassify more documents that would provide information on Haspel's years at the agency.

Trump has touted Haspel as a "highly respected nominee" and accused Democrats of trying to obstruct her nomination process because she is “too tough on terror.”

“My highly respected nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists,” Trump said Monday.

“Think of that, in these very dangerous times, we have the most qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough on terror. Win Gina!”

The president tapped Haspel to be the agency’s new director when he nominated former Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoDemocratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms Congress looks to strengthen hand in State Department following impeachment MORE to be the new secretary of State.

The White House in recent days has increased a public relations campaign to support Haspel’s nomination.

Haspel herself reportedly considered backing away from her nomination at the end of last week, for fear it would hurt the CIA, before reconsidering.