Feinstein opposes Haspel

Feinstein opposes Haspel
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGiffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick Senate confirms Trump pick labeled 'not qualified' by American Bar Association Feinstein endorses Christy Smith for Katie Hill's former House seat MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she will vote against CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel as leader of the spy agency. 

“This nomination is bigger than one person. The torture program was illegal at the time based on international treaties. ... I believe those who were intimately involved should not lead the agency," Feinstein said in a statement. 

She added that the "CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation Program is one of the darkest chapters in our nation’s history and it must not be repeated." 


"For the Senate to confirm someone so involved with the program to highest position at the CIA would in effect tell the world that we approve of what happened, and I absolutely do not," she said. 

Feinstein is a former chairwoman and current member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. In 2014, she gave a highly watched speech from the Senate floor accusing the CIA of spying on Senate staffers compiling a report on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” techniques. 

She also went head-to-head with the Obama administration for years urging them to release the so-called torture report. 

Feinstein is up for reelection in 2018 and facing a primary challenger from the left. She faced a torrent of criticism from the left earlier this year after she said Haspel had been a "good" deputy director.

Haspel faces a narrow path to confirmation with at least two Republican senators, Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Democratic congressman calls for study of effects of sex-trafficking law McConnell says he's 'honored' to be WholeFoods Magazine's 2019 'Person of the Year' MORE of Kentucky and Arizona’s John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMan acquitted over tweet offering 0 to killing an ICE agent Lessons of the Kamala Harris campaign Overnight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases MORE, opposed to her nomination.

If Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinStatesmen seek bipartisan solutions to big challenges Both sides have reason to want speedy Trump impeachment trial No one wins with pro-abortion litmus test MORE (W.Va.) is the only Democrat to support Haspel, she will need every other Republican in her corner.