McCain, a frequent critic of the Trump administration, urged the U.S. Senate to reject Haspel's nomination over her role in overseeing the CIA's torture program.
But he also addresses his possible end, writing, "Maybe I'll be gone before you read this". McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War and is now fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer, has vehemently opposed her nomination.
The chairman of a Senate intelligence committee is praising President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as the next director of the CIA. He said Wednesday that he believes she's a patriot who loves the country but "her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying".
John McCain has been home in Arizona fighting brain cancer for months, and while the US Senate awaits his possible comeback, many colleagues have begun facing the prospect that the political titan might never return to Washington.
"You're a disgrace. Apologize to the entire McCain family, then resign", a social media user wrote.
Unless Haspel can convincingly condemn the use of torture, she should not be confirmed, because her ascension would put our nation's stamp of acceptance on behavior it must condemn.
The fraught relationship between McCain and Trump dates back several years.
Sen. Jeff Flake joined Democrats Thursday in calling for more information on Gina Haspel's role in the CIA's destruction of 92 videotapes that documented enhanced interrogation techniques used against two terror suspects. She told them she doesn't believe torture works. But it surely has had restricted impression within the Senate, the place Haspel was gaining help.
After McInerney's appearance John McCain's wife, Cindy McCain, told Fox Business and Charles Payne in a tweet, "Please choose your guest more wisely".
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Vice President Mike Pence, as president of the Senate, can be called on to break a tie vote.
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK): "Gina Haspel has more than 3 decades of nonpartisan Central Intelligence Agency experience during the administrations of President Reagan, H.W. Bush, Clinton, W. Bush, & Obama".
Senator Lindsey Graham, McCain's close friend, has also made the trip.
If anything, the views of McCain will be heard.
She warned that confirming Haspel would ship a message to allies that the USA approves of what occurred after 9/11.
GOP Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina is telling Gina Haspel that she is "without a doubt, the most qualified person the president could choose to lead the CIA and the most prepared nominee in the 70-year history of the agency".
Her performance appeared to persuade at least two key senators - Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican, and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin. Mark Warner of Virginia, the highest Democrat on the Intelligence Committee.
McCain said he remained unsatisfied with Haspel's responses.