Senator Heidi Heitkamp United States Senator for North Dakota

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May 15 2018

Heitkamp Announces she will Vote for Haspel to Serve as CIA Director

Heitkamp Met with Haspel Last Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced she will vote for Gina Haspel to lead the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

“It is particularly important that the Director of the CIA puts the mission of the agency and our country’s security far above partisan politics and that the director be highly respected by agency rank and file. After meeting her and talking with former leaders in our intelligence community, I have concluded that Gina Haspel meets these standards. I am therefore planning to vote to confirm her as Director of CIA,” said Heitkamp. “But this was not an easy decision. Ms. Haspel’s involvement in torture is deeply troubling, as my friend and colleague, John McCain, so eloquently reminded us. However, Ms. Haspel explained to me that the agency should not have employed such tactics in the past and has assured me that it will not do so in the future. While I trust her word, I will also verify, helping to ensure Congress conducts robust oversight of the CIA under her leadership.”

Heitkamp met with Haspel last week to discuss Haspel’s nomination. Click here for a photo of the meeting.

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