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CIA Nominee Rejects Harsh Interrogation Program

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President Donald Trump's pick to head the CIA says the agency's enhanced interrogation program "is not one the CIA should have undertaken."

Gina Haspel's comments came in a letter Tuesday to senators as the Trump administration works to shore up support for her confirmation amid an intensifying public debate over torture.

"Over the last 17 years, the agency and I have learned the hard lessons since 9/11," Haspel wrote. "While I won't condemn those that made these hard calls, and I have noted the valuable intelligence collected, the program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world. With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken. The United States must be an example to the rest of the world, and I support that." 

Haspel wrote that she has "learned the hard lessons since 9/11." She says, "With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior Agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken."

Haspel's letter comes after Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona urged colleagues to reject the nominee over her past role in CIA interrogations.

(The Associated Press, CBS News contributed to this report.)

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