Cotton, Cornyn, Leahy, Flake

Executive Session (Haspel Nomination)

Senator Cotton: (1:54 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Gina Haspel to be C.I.A. Director.
    • "If confirmed, she would also be the first woman to lead the agency. And given her many accomplishments, her diligence and dedication and her fierce love of country, I'm astonished and disappointed at the controversy over the nomination of this great American. After all, Ms. Haspel is a career professional whose record of achievement speaks for itself. She joined the agency in 1985, working as a case officer for several years in both Africa and Europe. Over time she rose up the ranks serving first as chief of staff and then as a deputy director of the directorate of operations. She served as chief of station, the officer responsible for overseeing all of the C.I.A.'s work in a foreign country, four different times. Having served under six presidents from both parties, Ms. Haspel has never been a partisan."

 

Senator Cornyn: (2:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Gina Haspel to be C.I.A. Director.
    • "Last week during her confirmation hearing, she said repeatedly what those of us who supported her for weeks already knew. She believes that U.S. government actions must be held to a strict moral standard. If confirmed, she would not obey an order she believed to be unlawful, and in her new role she pledged not to restart the interrogation programs inside the C.I.A. Of course that could not happen without consultation and approval of Congress because the standards have literally changed since the immediate post-9/11 era. Based on her testimony, her record of service and exemplary character, it is clear that the only real option for the Intelligence Committee was to report her out favorably."
  • Unanimous Consent –
    • That notwithstanding Rule XXII, the Senate VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #847, Gina Haspel, of Kentucky, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
    • If cloture is invoked on the Haspel nomination, all post-cloture time be considered expired and the Senate VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #847, Gina Haspel, of Kentucky, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
    • (Without Objection)

 

Senator Leahy: (2:12 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Gina Haspel to be C.I.A. Director.
    • "Mr. President, you know, the senate has often been called the world's greatest deliberative body. We can thoroughly and respectfully debate weighty matters regardless of the pressures imposed by any given moment. And what I've seen during my time here is that at its best the Senate can be and actually should be the conscience of the nation. So as we move to vote on the nomination of Gina Haspel, with very little debate and gaping holes in her record, I fear the Senate's failing to fulfill its basic duty to provide advice and informed consent to her nomination. Remember, we're supposed to advise and consent. And worst yet, we're failing in our duty to serve as the nation's conscience."

 

Senator Flake: (2:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke on China.
    • "Make no mistake, Mr. President, what we are witnessing here is a nascent trade war. Tariffs leading to ill-advised concessions, haphazard concessions and so on. Meanwhile is abouts suffer from increased uncertainty our national security is threatened and international allies find themselves dealing with an American foreign policy characterized only by chaos and unpredictability. Punitive measures work only when consistently executed. How is any other nation meant to take threats of U.S. Sanctions seriously when we enforce them some of the time and toss them aside other times when we feel like it? What does such unpredictability say to our allies about our ability to lead on global issues and our real estate liability as partner in the future?"