“That Trump chose someone with one of the most gruesome torture histories to lead the CIA is certainly revealing about who he is,” Greenwald writes. “And if the Democrats cannot unite to stop that, that will be further evidence of what they are. What kind of #Resistance refuses to stop an actual torturer chosen by Donald Trump from being promoted to head the most powerful spy agency in the world?”

While some have suggested they are leaning toward opposing, here are the Democrats who have yet to say definitively that they will vote “no”:

Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.)

Sen. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.)

Sen. Bob Menendez (N.J.)

Sen. Joe Donnelly (Ind.)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.)

Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.)

Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.)

Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.)

Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.)

Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.)

Sen. Tom Carper (Del.)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)


Sen. Ben Cardin (Md.)

Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.)

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.)

Sen. Tom Udall (N.M.)

Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.)

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.)

Sen. Mark Warner (Va.)

Sen. Jeff Merkley (Ore.)

Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.)

Sen. Tina Smith (Minn.)


Sen. Chris Coons (Del.)

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.)

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.)

Sen. Doug Jones (Ala.)

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.)

Sen. Maggie Hassan (N.H.)

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (Md.)

Sen. Gary Peters (Mich.)

Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.)

Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.)

Sen. Maria Cantwell (Wash.)

Following the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday, Esquire‘s Charles Pierce noted that Haspel and the chorus of ex-intelligence officials loudly backing her nomination put on display “one basic message” about the U.S. as a nation.

“The United States is a country that tortures people,” Pierce writes. “It is also a country that arranges for other countries to torture people.”

And, particularly if Haspel is rubberstamped by the Senate with Democratic help, the U.S. will continue to torture.

“We did in back in the Bush administration and we’ll do it again, if you scare us deeply enough and there are enough hack lawyers in the Department of Justice and the White House Counsel’s office to draft memos to cover our asses,” Pierce concludes.

As NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden declared Wednesday in response to her testimony before lawmakers: “Questions of Haspel’s character miss the point: she was already tested. The only morals in question today are our own.”

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