'Torturing people is immoral' says Rand Paul, who will vote against Trump CIA nominee
Kentucky's U.S. Senator says he will not vote for Gina Haspel to be CIA chief.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul is sticking to his guns. He says he will not vote for President Trump's nominee to lead the CIA.
Lawmakers grilled Gina Haspel this week in a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The reason she's such a controversial pick is because she ran a "black site" prison for the CIA during the George W. Bush administration -- right after 9/11.
During that time, she ordered prisoners to be interrogated using techniques like waterboarding and sleep deprivation. That is now illegal and considered torture.
"Torturing people is immoral, and it's something we shouldn't do. It's against the Gevena Convention. It's against American principles. And I'm against that. And I don't think we should reward someone who's involved in that," Paul said.
Republicans do have a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate. Kentucky's other U.S. Senator, Mitch McConnell, has voiced support for Haspel.
With Paul and Senator John McCain not on board with Haspel, she'll need a few votes from Democrats in order to be confirmed.
Paul was in Louisville Friday to speak to a business investors forum.
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