During her confirmation hearing before the Senate, Haspel said she would not restart the interrogation programs used in the past and would resist any efforts from the president to implement the tactics into the USA war on terror once again.
"I believe she has learned from the past", he said, also citing the "strong support of both her colleagues at the agency and former CIA directors [Michael] Hayden, [Leon] Panetta and [John] Brennan, who served under Presidents Bush and Obama".
Donnelly voiced his support for Haspel on Twitter Saturday morning, saying he believes Haspel learned from the past and has the experience needed as the US faces "dynamic and challenging security threats".
Donnelly joins Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia as the only other Democrat to announce support for Haspel, both of whom hail from states that Trump won by overwhelming margins. In her testimony, Haspel defended the use of torture under her watch, saying the decision was necessary in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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"As I have argued many times, the methods we employ to keep our nation safe must be as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world", he said. "Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying", McCain said.
Harris has publicly stated she will vote "no" on Haspel's confirmation.
The senator from IN, who met with Haspel on Thursday, said IN a statement that he had "a tough, frank, and extensive discussion" with her that covered both her vision for the agency and its past use of "enhanced" interrogations against terrorist captives, including methods such as waterboarding that are widely considered torture. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in opposition. McCain is recovering from surgery related to his brain cancer in Arizona and was not expected to be present when the Senate votes on Haspel's nomination.
"For those reasons, and after careful consideration, I will support Ms. Haspel's nomination to lead the agency to which she has dedicated her career", he added.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, was eyed as one Democrat who may vote for her, as well as Angus King, I-Maine. Angus King of ME and Democratic Sens.