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Haspel dodges on whether harsh interrogation was 'immoral'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE's pick to lead the CIA declined to directly answer repeated questions on Wednesday about whether she views the controversial interrogation techniques used by the CIA following the Sept. 11 terror attacks as "immoral."

Pressed repeatedly by Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally Overnight Defense: US, Russia closer on nuclear treaty extension after Moscow accepts warhead freeze | Khashoggi's fiancee sues Saudi crown prince | Biden nets hundreds more national security endorsements Democrats make gains in Georgia Senate races: poll MORE (D-Calif.) to provide a "yes or no answer," current acting CIA Director Gina Haspel said she supports the "higher moral standards" that the U.S. has embraced since renouncing the use of the techniques.

"I believe CIA did extraordinary work to prevent another attack with the legal tools we were provided," she added, however.

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In a testy exchange, Harris accused Haspel of not answering her question.

"Senator, I think I've answered the question," Haspel said.

"No, you've not," Harris said.

In a separate exchange, Haspel said while she does not believe "torture works," valuable information was obtained from CIA detainees after Sept. 11.

"I don't think it's knowable whether interrogation techniques played a role in that," she said.

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