On Fox, former Dick Cheney adviser calls on Congress to confirm Trump CIA nominee despite her torture record

Michael Waltz: “Folks in Congress need to do their job, and they need to decide if they love this country more than they hate this president”

From the May 7 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:

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JULIE BANDERAS (GUEST CO-HOST): Some of the examples of these interrogation tactics that Congress might bring up in her confirmation hearing. One such case, in late 2002 she oversaw a secret CIA detention facility in Thailand where an Al Qaeda suspect was waterboarded. Let's not forget the mentality, OK, around 9/11. We wanted those guys interrogated, and harshly. We wanted to know who was behind killing thousands of Americans. Now why is it that Democrats are changing their tune? 

MICHAEL WALTZ (FORMER ADVISER TO VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY): And let me just add to that, Julie. As a special forces officer, you're out there, you are given orders and authority to do certain things, and there's nothing worse than Washington pulling the rug out from under you after they told you to do something, you were authorized to do something, and then our government essentially changes its mind and then goes after you. So I can't -- I can't remember someone being nominated at this level with such broad bipartisan support. You've got Leon Panetta, you have Mike Morell, you have James Clapper. You just showed Mike Hayden and scores and scores and scores of rank-and-file CIA officers who have said this is the right person. And I think folks in Congress need to do their job, and they need to decide if they love this country more than they hate this president and nominate and confirm Gina Haspel to be the next and the first female director of the CIA. Period.

BANDERAS: You took the words out of my mouth. It would be a real shame for her to step aside. The president is still behind her 100 percent.


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