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Acting CIA Director Gina Haspel testifies at her Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on May 9, 2018. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Haspel says she would oppose any presidential order she felt was immoral

Gina Haspel — who’s been nominated to be CIA director — says she wouldn’t put in place any presidential order that she thought was immoral, even if it was technically legal.

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A Senate committee is holding a hearing on Haspel’s nomination, and Virginia Democrat Mark Warner asked whether she’d carry out any order from President Donald Trump that she found morally objectionable.

Haspel said she wouldn’t.

She’s pledged not to restart the CIA’s now defunct detention and interrogation program, even though Trump has said he supports harsh interrogation tactics such as waterboarding.

Haspel said she doesn’t believe Trump would ask her to resume waterboarding.

She said her “moral compass is strong” and that the CIA must undertake activities consistent with American values.

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