Top Democrat on Senate intel' panel backs Trump CIA pick May 16, 2018 0 5276 12345 REUTERSWASHINGTONThe top Democrat on the US Senate Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday he would support President Donald Trump's nominee to be CIA director, Gina Haspel, all but ensuring her confirmation as the first woman to lead the spy agency.Senator Mark Warner said it had been a"difficult decision," but cited Haspel's 33-year career at the CIA and support from its workforce and past intelligence community leaders."Most importantly, I believe she is someone who can and will stand up to the President if ordered to do something illegal or immoral - like a return to torture," Warner said in a statement.In a letter to Warner dated Monday, Haspel said the CIA should not have undertaken a past harsh interrogation programme, which has been a focus of debate over her confirmation.The Senate Intelligence Committee is due to vote on Wednesday on whether to approve Haspel. With Warner's support, she is expected to have the backing of all eight committee Republicans and at least two of the seven Democrats.Despite criticism of her nomination - including from Republican Senators Rand Paul and John McCain - because of her past ties to the CIA's former rendition, detention and interrogation activities, Haspel is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate as soon as next week. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES US Homeland Security unveils strategy to tackle cyber threats May 16, 2018 0 6043 Trump advocates death penalty for killers of cops May 16, 2018 0 5317 Toxic gases add to hazards near Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano May 16, 2018 0 5318 Cannes cheers Spike Lee's raging rebuke of Trump's America afp Cannes, France Spike Lee drew rave reviews on Tuesday for his new movie"BlacKkKlansman", a searing indictment of the white nationalist roots of the Trump era which premiered at Cannes to a lengthy standing ovation. .. Melania Trump hospitalised for treatment of kidney condition Washington US first lady Melania Trump is recovering in hospital after undergoing successful surgery for a kidney condition, the White House said Monday. The 48-year-old wife of President Donald Trump had the surgery .. Mexico journalist murdered, fourth of 2018 Mexico City A Mexican journalist was murdered Tuesday in the southern state of Tabasco, the governor said, as the country mourned acclaimed reporter and writer Javier Valdez on the first anniversary of his killing. Juan .. Rio baby hit by stray bullet is 15th child shot this year: Reports Rio de Janeiro A baby was wounded by a stray bullet in Rio de Janeiro while in his mother's arms, becoming the 15th child shot here this year, reports said Tuesday. The non-governmental organisation Fogo Cruzado, .. Schwarzenegger urges Trump to 'join us' on climate action afp Vienna Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urged US President Donald Trump to join action to support renewable energy, at a summit on climate change in the Austrian capital Vienna on Tuesday. "To those ..