Offbeat Jeff Flake says he'll vote 'no' on Gina Haspel for CIA chief job

01:57  17 may  2018
01:57  17 may  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) delivers remarks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors 86th annual Winter Meeting at the Capitol Hilton January 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. Flake spoke during the conference's Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards Luncheon which was sponsored by the American Beverage Association, whose members include producers and bottlers of soft drinks, bottled water, and other non-alcoholic beverages. The non-partisan conference of mayors from cities with populations of 300,000 or larger meet annually in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) delivers remarks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors 86th annual Winter Meeting at the Capitol Hilton January 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. Flake spoke during the conference's Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards Luncheon which was sponsored by the American Beverage Association, whose members include producers and bottlers of soft drinks, bottled water, and other non-alcoholic beverages. The non-partisan conference of mayors from cities with populations of 300,000 or larger meet annually in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced Wednesday he will vote against Gina Haspel's nomination to be the next CIA director, becoming the third senator from President Donald Trump's own party to come out against his choice to lead the agency.

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Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) — who dramatically announced he 's retiring at the end of his term in January 2019 — wrote that when he thinks about President Trump's Kamala Harris grills Gina Haspel over whether previous CIA techniques were immoral, demanding a yes or no answer pic.twitter.com/cOjeAXsxyy.

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 behind closed doors Wednesday to send Haspel's nomination for a full floor vote, where she looks all but assured to win Senate confirmation. Two of the committee's seven Democrats had said they supported Haspel, including Virginia's Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the panel. Haspel currently has more than enough support to win confirmation, as Warner was one of five Democrats who've announced they plan to vote to confirm her.

Flake's no vote follows Kentucky's Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who also said he'd oppose the nomination, and Arizona's GOP Sen. John McCain, who released a statement asking senators to vote against Haspel but is unable to vote himself because he's in his home state battling cancer.

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Our impulsive president has said he wants to bring back waterboarding “and a hell of a lot worse” and has now named Gina Haspel as the new CIA chief . Haspel personally oversaw torture at a CIA black site in Thailand, and she even seemed to relish the role.

"While I thank Ms. Haspel for her long and dedicated service to the CIA, as a country we need to turn the page on the unfortunate chapter in the agency's history having to do with torture," Flake said in a statement. "Congress needs to be able to provide fully informed oversight. My questions about Ms. Haspel's role in the destruction of videotapes relevant to discussions occurring in Congress regarding the program have not been adequately answered."

Haspel faces opposition from a majority of Democrats and human rights groups for her role in the George W. Bush administration's interrogation and detention program, which critics say amounted to torture.

The full Senate could vote on Haspel's confirmation as early as Thursday, according to Senate aides, although that would require cooperation from senators to waive the chamber's procedural hurdles for a quick vote.

CNN's Jeremy Herb contributed to this report.

Sen. Joe Donnelly to back Trump's CIA pick .
Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana announced Saturday that he will support Gina Haspel's nomination for CIA director. "As our country faces dynamic and challenging security threats, it is critically important that our intelligence agencies have the leadership and support that they need to help keep Americans safe and defend our nation from those who wish to do us harm," Donnelly said in a statement.

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