(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement about her decision to vote no on President Trump’s nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel.
“There is no greater or more difficult task than protecting the safety and security of families of our great nation, and for that I am extremely grateful to every member of our intelligence community, including Ms. Haspel, who has spent decades in public service. However, given her troubling record and a concerning lack of commitment to transparency, I could not support her nomination to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
“At the start of her nomination process I was deeply troubled by her connection to now-banned torture practices and the subsequent destruction of evidence. Unfortunately, Ms. Haspel failed to convince me during her hearing that she would always choose the path that best reflects our country’s morals and values. Though I was in the minority today, I wish Ms. Haspel the best as she takes on this critically important role. It is essential she leads based on our values, stands up to those who would politicize intelligence or give illegal or immoral orders, and commits to total transparency with Congressional oversight.”