CIA nominee Gina Haspel has told Congress that she now feels the spy agency should not have undertaken the harsh interrogations program of al Qaeda detainees that included waterboarding. Haspel's comments came in a letter to Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, who said he would support Haspel's nomination. With three additional Democrats supporting her nomination, it appears that Haspel now has the votes to be confirmed by the full Senate.
Fox News Radio's Guy Benson & Marie Harf sat down with Brit Hume, senior political analyst for Fox News Channel to get his thoughts on the latest news.
On how the process played out: Her confirmation is inevitable because she is so well qualified and I think she was almost certainly going to make it, it was going to be close, but now I think it's clear that it's going to happen. (2:06)
On Senate Democrats not voting for her: A lot of this is attributable to the Never Trump phenomenon for with which the Democratic party is so totally infected. This business of blocking qualified nominees has been going on since the day he set foot in Washington...(2:20)
Benson & Harf also spoke to Brit about the one Year Anniversary of the appointment of Robert Mueller as the special counsel.
A year later where do we stand: I thought special counsel's are a bad idea, always and everywhere. Result is what you get is a distortion of the normal processes of justice. (5:00)
When Robert Mueller Was Named: I thought it was bad idea, but probably a good appointment. I am beginning to worry that he has succumbed to the temptations that affect anyone in a role that has unlimited power. (7:05)
Is Mueller out of Control: I think remains to be seen, but I worry it may be the case. He has made some bad choices of people on his team which give rise to questions of imbalance. I think some of the tactics he has employed seem gratuitous. Paul Manafort is not a physically dangerous man, I don't know that they had to break down his door. (7:33)