Senator Dianne Feinstein is among Democrats saying they’ll vote no on the confirmation of Gina Haspel to be the next director of the CIA:
I will vote NO on the nomination of Gina Haspel. This nomination is bigger than one person. For the Senate to confirm someone so involved with the torture program to highest position at the CIA would in effect tell the world that we approve of what happened. I absolutely do not.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) May 10, 2018
Obviously Feinstein doesn’t like what happened at the hearing, not to mention the person who nominated Haspel:
She's angry Haspel called out her factual inaccuracies. https://t.co/DuvpKdtMQO
— Matthew Continetti (@continetti) May 10, 2018
— Mz. Hyde? (@Amooremetal) May 10, 2018
Are you sure you’re not just bitter that she embarrassed you by fact-checking you several times in front of your colleagues? https://t.co/tlXIk1yC3g
— James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) May 10, 2018
Tweeters noticed something odd about the selective nature of Feinstein’s concern about “advanced interrogation techniques” at the CIA and someone else who was there at the time:
— Toxic Masculini-G (@TCC_Grouchy) May 10, 2018
Feinstein’s statement in support of John Brennan’s nomination for CIA director in 2013 wasn’t nearly as critical as her statement about Haspel.
And yet, you voted to confirm John Brennan, who was Gina Haspel's superior. Way to keep that glass ceiling firmly in place, girlfriend!https://t.co/PkABaWqVFP
— Boston??Bobblehead (@DBloom451) May 10, 2018
Yet you said this with no reservations about John Brennen – a more senior and more directly responsible decision maker when it comes to the so called torture program with NO reservation.#GFYS hypocrite and traitor.#LiberalsHateAmerica #MAGA https://t.co/wF70F2CloM https://t.co/0zxGHfcJfO
— Leo Taylor (@triman4life) May 10, 2018
At Haspel’s confirmation hearing, Sen. Tom Cotton has this exchange with her in regards to John Brennan, who Feinstein, among others, supported (while saying they’ll vote “no” on Haspel):
COTTON: You said that you were not a senior manager when those programs were created, is that correct?
HASPEL: That’s correct.
COTTON: Was John Brennan a member of the senior intelligence service and the deputy executive director, at the time a senior manager in your opinion?
HASPEL: Senator, I believe Mr. Brennan was the deputy extern (ph) of the agency at that time.
COTTON: And you’d consider that a senior manager position at the CIA?
HASPEL: I believe it’s a number four position.
COTTON: For John Brennan, who was confirmed to be the CIA director by the following members of this committee, Senator Warner, Senator Feinstein, Senator Heinrich, Senator Collins, Senator King, Senator Burr, Manchin, Senator Wyden, and Senator Rubio.