Burr, Cruz, Brown, Wyden

Executive Session (Haspel Nomination)

Senator Burr: (12:16 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Gina Haspel to be C.I.A. Director.
    • "Ms. Haspel has been asked to lead one of our nation's most treasured assets, an agency that works in the shadows. It requires a leader with unwavering integrity who will ensure the organization operates lawfully, ethically, and morally. Gina was born in Kentucky. She was the oldest of five children. Her father was an Air Force lifer, let's say. She traveled from place to place. She told her dad one day that she wanted to go to west point, only to hear her dad very gently remind her that west point did not invite women. That did not dilute her sense of service. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Gina went on to work as a contractor with the Tenth Special Forces Group. It was at Fort Devin she learned about the C.I.A. A place where she could serve her country along with other women, doing clandestine work around the world."


Senator Cruz: (12:26 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the moving of the American embassy to Jerusalem.
    • "Almost exactly 70 years ago, Israel's founding father, David Ben-Gurion, brought together people in the Jewish People's Council at a Tel Aviv museum to declare the founding of the state of Israel. 11 minutes later, President Harry S. Truman courageously recognized the state of Israel, over the objection of many of his advisors and the State Department. And the fates of our two countries have been intertwined ever since. Until this week when the U.S. embassy was finally, finally, finally moved to Jerusalem, recognizing that it is the eternal capital of the Jewish people and the undivided capital of Israel, I was proud to have traveled to Jerusalem along with my fellow senators for the official opening of the new embassy."


Senator Brown: (1:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on National Police Week.
    • "Mr. President, I mentioned, and the families for an important reason. The families whether it's families of soldiers or Marines, families of deputy sheriffs, families of police officers, families of police chiefs, families of F.B.I. Agents, they share the anxiety and the fears - the anxiety and concerns for their loved ones that are so important and we always honor them too. This year, Mr. President, we'll add the names of 360 officers to the national law enforcement memorial, including the names of ten Ohioans of we lost six of those Ohioans years or decades ago."


Senator Wyden: (1:11 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Gina Haspel to be C.I.A. Director.
    • "Now, with respect to other issues, it's important to note that the agency again under the direction of Ms. Haspel has also conducted an unprecedented influence campaign to promote her confirmation. This, too, is wrong. The C.I.A., like every government agency, works for the American people. It's not supposed to use its enormous power to serve the personal interests of whoever is running it. Classification rules are there for national security. They're not there for the political security of an individual. They're there to protect the dedicated women and men who undertake dangerous missions under cover. They're not there to shield a nominee for a senate-confirmed job from scrutiny. I and a number of my colleagues have looked at the classified information about Ms. Haspel and concluded it can be released to the public without compromising sources and methods."