Arizona's Sen. Jeff Flake Opposes Gina Haspel For CIA Chief

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 8:31am

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is the third Republican to oppose President Donald Trump's nominee for CIA director.

Flake said in a statement Wednesday that while he appreciates Haspel's 30-year career at the CIA, the United States needs to turn the page on the spy agency's former program of detaining and harshly interrogating terror suspects.

Haspel supervised one of the covert detention sites in Thailand where suspects were harshly interrogated. She also drafted a cable that her boss sent ordering the destruction of videotapes showing one detainee's ordeal at the site.

Flake says he still has questions about Haspel's role in the destruction of the tapes.

GOP Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona also oppose Haspel. McCain is battling cancer and is not expected to be present to vote.

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