Senator Claire McCaskill claims that she is still undecided when it comes to confirming Gina Haspel, President Trump’s pick to head the CIA. However, Haspel has already received bipartisan support from three Democratic Senators – Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and Mark Warner of Virginia – all of whom praised her qualifications:
MANCHIN: “I have found Gina Haspel to be a person of great character. Over her 33 year career as a CIA operations officer, she has worked in some of the most dangerous corners of our world, and I have the utmost respect for the sacrifices she has made for our country.”
DONNELLY: “As our country faces dynamic and challenging security threats, it is critically important that our intelligence agencies have the leadership and support that they need to help keep Americans safe and defend our nation from those who wish to do us harm. Gina Haspel has served our country and the Central Intelligence Agency for more than 30 years, and she has the strong support of both her colleagues at the agency and former CIA Directors Hayden, Panetta, and Brennan, who served under Presidents Bush and Obama.”
WARNER: “Gina Haspel has served our country with dedication for 33 years. In many ways, her story is representative of the thousands of people at the Agency and throughout the intelligence community who serve quietly, without recognition, and often at great personal risk, in order to keep our nation safe from those who wish to do us harm.”
As Senator Donnelly noted, Haspel was endorsed by Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan, who McCaskill supported for the role.
McCaskill is playing partisan political games yet again and putting party above our nation’s national security interests. Missouri voters will recognize her attempts to obstruct the President’s agenda in favor of the demands of her far-left allies.