Rand Paul pressured by GOP to confirm Gina Haspel for Central Intelligence Agency head

Green Beret and former UFC fighter Tim Kennedy waterboarded himself on Saturday in support of President Trump's nomination of Gina Haspel for CIA director and to prove the controversial interrogation method which he called

Mark Warner's decision strengthens the likelihood that she will be confirmed by the Senate in coming days.

The one person who might be able to stop the Senate from voting through President Trump's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency is stuck thousands of miles from the Capitol as a key committee prepares to vote on her nomination. The CIA declassified an internal report that cleared her of wrongdoing in the matter, saying she was just following orders.

Underneath questioning Wednesday in entrance of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Haspel mentioned she wouldn't allow the CIA to restart the tough interrogation program it beforehand ran, including that she did not "imagine that torture works".

Former Vice President Dick Cheney stood by the CIA's controversial torture program and said interrogation techniques like waterboarding should still be in place.

Though Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is urging the Senate to reject Haspel, her confirmation seems likely now that two red-state Democrats have offered their support: Sens.

Haspel's letter was requested by Sen.

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He said that if Trump, whom he described as a "strong-willed man", underwent waterboarding, "he may see its harshness and think that's exactly what we need".

Haspel wrote that she has "learned the hard lessons since 9/11". "The United States must be an example to the rest of the world, and I support 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. But he felt Haspel was more forthcoming in her private meetings with senators, and asked her to put in writing some of what she told them. There are valid questions that have been raised regarding the Acting Director's record, and I have been frank with Ms. Haspel that I wish she had been more open with the American public during this process.

Notably absent from Haspel's letter was any statement about her role in destroying 92 videotapes of interrogations carried out at the Thailand facility.

Despite his own misgivings with President Trump, Brennan has signaled his support for Haspel on Twitter.

"Someone who has been an active participant and enthusiast for torture is not someone who should represent America", Paul said in an interview as he left the Senate for the week on Thursday.

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