Rand Paul opposes Trump picks for secretary of State, CIA director

“I will oppose both Pompeo’s nomination and Haspel’s nomination,” Paul said.

…Paul read quotes he attributed to Haspel in which she allegedly mocked a captured al Qaeda suspect as he was being waterboarded.

Paul’s opposition to Haspel’s nomination raises the prospect that the White House may struggle to gather the votes needed in the Senate to confirm her as the head of the CIA. If all 49 senators in the Democratic caucus vote against Haspel, Paul and another Republican voting “no” would block her from taking over the agency.

…Sen. John McCain, R.-Ariz.,also expressed misgivings about Haspel’s nomination. McCain, a former Navy airman who was captured and tortured by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War, strongly opposed the torture of detainees who were captured by the United States in the wars launched after the Sept. 11 attacks.

…Meanwhile, Paul said he is concerned about Pompeo’s positions on foreign policy, particularly toward Iran. The Republican senator said Pompeo’s hawkish stance contradicts the skepticism Trump expressed toward foreign interventions and regime change on the campaign trail.

Rand Paul opposes Trump picks for secretary of State, CIA director



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