ALGOP slams AL Sen. Doug Jones over opposition of CIA nomination

ALGOP slams AL Sen. Doug Jones over opposition of CIA nomination
(Source: Associated Press)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Reactions from both sides continue to pour in over President Donald Trump's pick to head the CIA. Wednesday, the president nominated Gina Haspel to be the next CIA Director.

Voices representative of Alabama chimed in as well.

Alabama Democratic Senator Doug Jones spoke out in opposition of the president's latest nominee:

"After spending several weeks carefully evaluating all of the information available to me about Ms. Haspel and her career, reviewing her confirmation hearing, speaking with current and former public officials, and meeting with her in person yesterday, I have come to the conclusion that I cannot support her confirmation as the Director of the CIA. While her career has been impressive, Ms. Haspel's role in programs that conducted torture is very troubling; her refusal to acknowledge the immorality of such conduct even today with the benefit of hindsight is even more so and reflects poorly on our nation's reputation as a moral leader in the world. Her statement today that the 'enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken' has not relieved my concerns, which are rooted in both the responsibility I feel as a Senator and in my own deeply held faith.

Chairman of the Alabama GOP Terry Lathan responded to Sen. Jones' statement:

"Alabama United States Senator Doug Jones' decision to deny a vote to confirm Gina Haspel, a highly qualified CIA veteran with three decades of experience, is shameful at best. The recipient of several prestigious awards (including the prestigious George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism) and positive recommendations by three former CIA directors, Ms. Haspel is more than deserving of a confirmation by the U.S Senate."

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