ALGOP slams AL Sen. Doug Jones over opposition of CIA nomination
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.
"I appreciate the commitment of Ms. Haspel and her colleagues to the service and defense of our nation, and I do not doubt the skills and expertise she has gained during her long career in the CIA. However, the leader of the CIA, an organization tasked with operating clandestinely to keep Americans safe, must be held to the highest possible standard. There is a legal and moral responsibility that comes with operating in secrecy. Some of Ms. Haspel's past actions and beliefs did not meet that standard. We must choose leaders that consistently embody our highest ideals, rather than our darkest moments."
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."
"Senator Jones says he will not vote to confirm Ms. Haspel because of her stance on the agency's former torture policy which she denounced as wrong and as a practice that will not be continued. Several Democrats and the Senate Intelligence Committee have approved Gina Haspel for a confirmation as CIA director. With this much steady support for the nominee, what valid reason does Senator Jones have to not cast a yes vote for this confirmation?"
"In voting no to confirm Gina Haspel, Senator Jones is choosing to put partisanship over our nation's security. Alabama voters will remember this when they head to the polls to choose their next U.S. Senator in 2020. Alabama and President Trump vow to put America First. This decision by Senator Jones simply does not do that."
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