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I reminded them this is what I do. I don't take shortcuts, i've taken some tough votes in the Senate. I've taken some tough votes that Democrats haven't liked in the Senate. I've taken some votes that Republicans haven't liked, but at the end of Election Day, you have an obligation to do the right thing as you see it, and I think that's what's missing maybe a little bit in politics today.
Today was a sad and unprecedented day in history -- an American president stood with Russia over our own country, any president's priority should be defending the United States, standing up for our military and law enforcement, and remaining united against any attempts to undermine our interests -- especially when meeting with an adversary like Russia. Today, United States did not happen.
After meeting her and talking with former leaders in our intelligence community, I have concluded that Gina Haspel meets these standards. I am therefore planning to vote to confirm her as Director of CIA, but this was not an easy decision. Ms. Haspel's involvement in torture is deeply troubling, as my friend and colleague, John McCain, so eloquently reminded us. However, Acting Director Haspel explained to me that the agency should not have employed such tactics in the past and has assured me that it will not do so in the future.
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