• Missouri senator opposed Haspel for ‘classified’ reason
  • Republican Cotton: McCaskill ‘reflexively opposed’ to Trump

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri has defended her vote against Donald Trump’s pick for CIA director, but said the specific reasons for it were classified.

McCaskill was one of the few Democrats facing a difficult re-election this fall to oppose the nomination of Gina Haspel, who was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday after a heated debate about her role in the CIA’s torture program.

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