>> On my watch, CIA will not restart a detention and interrogation program.>> At her Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, President Trump's pick to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, swore to senators she will not bring back the harsh interrogation tactics from the war on terror that have cast a cloud over her nomination.
>> And we're not getting back in that business.>> But Haspel's critics on the Senate Intelligence Committee, namely Democrats, peppered Haspel with questions about her own role in the use of now-banned techniques such as waterboarding. The methods were in use when she ran the CIA station in Thailand after the 9-11 attacks.
>> You said, well, we were doing our job. That troubles me very much>> Do you believe in hindsight that those techniques were immoral?>> Senator, what I believe sitting here today is that I support that higher moral standard we have decided to hold ourselves to.>> Please answer the question
>> Senator, I think I've answered the question.>> No, you've not.>> Democrats also hammered at Haspel's involvement in the decision a few years later to destroy videotapes of the interrogations.>> There was no legal requirement to retain the tapes.>> The hearing was repeatedly interrupted by protesters blasting Haspel's record.
>> Stop resisting!>> But Haspel found strong support among Republican senators.>> With your record of service, and sacrifice, and excellence, if someone like you cannot be confirmed to head this agency, then who can?>> Arizona's John McCain, currently back home battling cancer, released a strong statement urging his fellow senators to vote against Haspel.
But Haspel's way forward is generally looking clear, with Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Susan Collins on board.