"She is a true intelligence professional who brings care, integrity and a commitment to the rule of law to her work every day," the letter said. Among the signatories were former CIA Directors John Brennan, Leon E. Panetta, Michael Hayden and George Tenet, as well as Michael Morell, who served twice as acting director. … [Read more...] about John McCain was tortured as a POW in Vietnam. Will he help sink CIA nominee implicated in torture program?
POLITICS 05/07/2018 12:37 am ET Updated 29 minutes ago The Arizona senator says he ignored his gut on that one. By Ed Mazza 430 Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reportedly wishes he had never picked former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) as a running mate for his unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign. According to The New York Times, McCain had considered Joe Lieberman, then an independent senator from Connecticut, for the job of vice president. However, advisors warned against picking the longtime member of the Democratic Party who still caucused with them. “It was sound advice that I could reason for myself,” McCain wrote in his upcoming autobiography, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations,” per the Times. “But my gut told me to ignore it and I wish I had.” In an upcoming HBO documentary, McCain described his decision to not select Lieberman as … [Read more...] about John McCain Now Wishes He’d Never Selected Sarah Palin As His 2008 Running Mate
POLITICS 05/09/2018 09:54 pm ET "I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination," the Arizona Republican said. By Antonia Blumberg Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday urged the U.S. Senate to reject Gina Haspel’s nomination as director of the CIA. McCain released a statement just hours after Haspel went before the Senate Intelligence Committee for her confirmation hearing. In her testimony, Haspel told lawmakers that she would not restart the agency’s defunct torture program if confirmed to head the CIA, but she repeatedly dodged questions about the morality of the program. In his statement, McCain said he understood “the urgency that drove the decision” to resort to torture as a method of interrogation after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “But as I have argued many times, the methods we employ to keep our nation safe must be as right and just as the values we aspire to live up … [Read more...] about John McCain Urges Senate To Reject Gina Haspel’s Nomination For CIA
POLITICS 05/10/2018 08:43 pm ET Updated 26 minutes ago The aide reportedly tossed out the cruel remark in response to the senator's opposition to the CIA director nominee. By Rebecca Shapiro Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), hit back at reports that a White House official mocked her husband’s health status during a Thursday meeting about CIA director nominee Gina Haspel. According to multiple news outlets, White House aide Kelly Sadler responded to McCain’s opposition to Haspel’s nomination with the comment, “He’s dying anyway.” The “joke... fell flat,” a source told CNN’s Jim Acosta. A WH official confirms WH aide Kelly Sadler mocked John McCain’s cancer diagnosis saying “he’s dying anyway” in response to his opposition to Haspel nomination. The “joke... fell flat” the official said.— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 10, 2018 Haspel’s … [Read more...] about John McCain’s Wife Rebukes White House Official Who Mocked Him As ‘Dying Anyway’
POLITICS 05/10/2018 08:54 pm ET "No one calls him 'Songbird John' except for crazy people and jerks — and I’m using my language carefully here,” Tapper said. By Mary Papenfuss CNN’s Jake Tapper blasted retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney on Thursday for implying that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had broken under torture while he was a prisoner of war. During an appearance on the Fox Business Network earlier Thursday, McInerney had told host Charles Payne that torture works, then claimed it was effective on McCain while he was a POW for five years in Vietnam. “That’s why they call him ‘Songbird John,’” McInerney said. There’s no evidence that McCain ― who is currently at his home in Arizona battling brain cancer ― ever betrayed his country in captivity. An angry Tapper defended the veteran senator: “First of all, no one calls him ‘Songbird John’ except … [Read more...] about Jake Tapper Rips Retired Gen. Tom McInerney For Insulting John McCain