WASHINGTON, May 9 (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator John McCain said on Wednesday the Senate should reject President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
McCain, who as a prisoner of war in Vietnam was tortured by his captors, said in a statement that acting CIA Director Gina Haspel, who testified on Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, failed to address his concerns about the agency's post-9/11 harsh interrogation program for terrorism suspects.
I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country & has devoted her professional life to its service & defense. However, her role in overseeing the use of torture is disturbing & her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying. https://t.co/ocDtdqU2Sx
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) May 10, 2018
"I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination," said McCain, who has been undergoing treatment for brain cancer and has been absent from the Senate for months.
(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Peter Cooney)