MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Democratic Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin says she will vote against confirming President Donald Trump's pick to lead the CIA.
Baldwin says the fact that Gina Haspel wouldn't say torture is immoral disqualifies her for the position.
Baldwin had not stated her position on Haspel until Thursday, after her confirmation became all-but certain following 10-5 committee approval. Baldwin is up for re-election and one of her Republican challengers had labeled her as part of "Team Terrorists" for not immediately backing Haspel.
State Sen. Leah Vukmir has refused to apologize for the claim. She faces a primary challenge from Republican Kevin Nicholson.
Democrats are split on whether to back Haspel because of the CIA's clouded history of torture.
Baldwin's entire statement is below.
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“I have reviewed the record of Gina Haspel’s time at the CIA and the classified materials made available to Senators. Today, I had an opportunity to meet with the nominee, and while I appreciate her commitment to public service, I have serious concerns about the role Ms. Haspel played in the CIA’s rendition, detention and so-called enhanced interrogation program. I believe torture is immoral and I am deeply troubled this nominee would not say it is immoral at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. Like Senator McCain, I believe this refusal is disqualifying. American military officials have made clear that torture undermines our national security and puts our troops at risk, so our leaders must make it clear that torture is not consistent with our American values. I take my duty of advice and consent very seriously, and will vote no on her nomination.”
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