McCaskill: Yes I Opposed Haspel for CIA, but I Can’t Tell You Why McCaskill: Yes I Opposed Haspel for CIA, but I Can’t Tell You Why – NTK Network

McCaskill: Yes I Opposed Haspel for CIA, but I Can’t Tell You Why

Is Claire McCaskill being genuine about her concerns with Gina Haspel, or is she using classified information as a cover for a partisan vote?

By NTK Staff | 05.21.2018 @10:00am
McCaskill: Yes I Opposed Haspel for CIA, but I Can’t Tell You Why

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) continues to struggle to explain her ‘no’ vote on the confirmation of Gina Haspel to be CIA director, telling her constituents again this weekend that she can’t tell them why she opposed Haspel.

From The Associated Press‘ Steve Peoples:

The Missouri Democrat told reporters at a Kansas City campaign event that her vote was influenced by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who had been tortured as a prisoner of war and also opposed Haspel’s confirmation. But she said the most important reason for her decision came during a classified discussion with Haspel.

“I cross-examined her on the classified material. And I was very uncomfortable with her answers,” McCaskill said. “I wish I could explain to all my constituents the details of all that, but the law will not allow me to do so. I can tell you this, if everyone in Missouri read and listened to her answers to the questions I asked, I believe that a vast majority of Missourians would have voted the same way I did.”

Peoples also noted that Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who’s supporting Attorney General Josh Hawley (R-MO) in Hawley’s race against McCaskill, attacked McCaskill for her ‘no’ vote.

McCaskill “proved once again that she is so liberal and so reflexively opposed to the president that she cannot represent Missouri in the Senate,” Cotton charged. “She put partisan politics over national security.”

It’s certainly possible that something Haspel told or didn’t tell McCaskill could have impacted the vulnerable Missouri senator’s vote. But McCaskill doesn’t have a great track record of transparency on the Haspel subject. She stayed silent for weeks on Haspel’s nomination, telling a reporter she’s “not going to talk about it.” McCaskill didn’t reveal her hand until the moment she voted against Haspel.

For now, it appears McCaskill will continue to use the cover of classified information. Missouri voters, though, may demand more of an explanation before this November’s election.

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