White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders forcefully entered the debate over President Donald Trump's election for CIA director Saturday, tweeting that any Democrat who does not back nominee Gina Reel is a "total hypocrite."
"There is no CIA veteran Gina Haspel, "Sanders tweeted.
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Debate over Haspel's nomination is split between those who praise her and those who disqualify her because of her role in the CIA's harsh interrogation of terrorist subjects and destruction of video tapes showing waterboarding after 9/11.
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If Haspel's nomination advances to the Senate, she would need 50 backing senators. In the event of a tie, Vice President Mike Pence – in his role as president of the Senate – would cast the deciding vote.
With the likely absence of U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Who is battling brain cancer and recuperating in Arizona after recent surgery, Republicans holding a 50-49 advantage in the Senate.
McCain, 81, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, which is instrumental in getting Congress to prohibit harsh interrogation techniques, including those used on terror suspects after 9/11, and has said that any CIA nominee must pledge to uphold the ban.
Meanwhile, Sanders' Saturday tweet drew some criticism , including from US Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Who objected to Sanders' linking of the reel vote to women's empowerment or national security.
"Dear @PressSec: Perhaps I missed it, but I do not see it complicit in torture as part of the agenda for either women's empowerment or our national security. "
Walter Shaub, a former director of the US Government Office of Ethics, tweeted a middle-ground response.
"@ PressSec @morgfair" Seems to me that people can legitimately object to their role in torture while so encouraging this to increase the diversity of its appointees, "Shaub tweeted.
Haspel, 61, is the first woman nominated for the CIA director position. If confirmed, she would replace former CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who was recently confirmed. Secretary of State.
Haspel, who joined the CIA in 1985, is currently the Intelligence Agency's Acting Director.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.