Haspel Says CIA Interrogation Program Was A Mistake

Haspel Says CIA Interrogation Program Was A Mistake
CIA director nominee Gina Haspel wrote in a letter the CIA should have never carried out a controversial interrogation program.

President Donald Trump's pick to head the CIA says the agency should not have implemented a harsh detention and interrogation program used during the George W. Bush administration.

In a letter to Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, Gina Haspel wrote that she doesn't condemn the people who made the decision to undertake the program. She said "valuable intelligence" was collected from the interrogation program but that it ultimately did damage to the CIA's reputation. 

 Haspel vowed during her confirmation hearing not to restart the program. She wrote in the letter that every operation she's reviewed as acting CIA director is held to high standards and is "consistent with CIA's mission, expertise and the law."

The Senate intelligence committee is expected to vote on Haspel's nomination this week. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.