Expect a Full-Throated Push to Confirm Haspel as Next CIA Chief 

Director Denies CIA Spied on Senate Committee

A 2014 Senate report on the U.S. use of torture during the War on Terror reemerged Tuesday during a tense exchange between Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and CIA Director John O. Brennan, when Wyden pressed Brennan to apologize for spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s computers during its investigation of the CIA.

McConnell Sidesteps Waterboarding Question

McCain Condemns ‘Loose’ Campaign Talk on Torture

Republicans Warn Obama on Gitmo Closure

Opponents of moving Guantánamo detainees to the U.S. mainland are firing a new round of warning shots ahead of an Obama administration plan regarding closing the facility.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., told reporters Thursday he could hold up as many nominations as needed to try to thwart implementation of any executive actions on transferring individuals held at the prison facility at the naval base to the United States.

White House: No Timeline on Gitmo Closure Plan

Following CQ Roll Call’s exclusive interview with Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, who said he expected the White House submit a plan to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within the next month, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the administration has no timetable for when it will present a proposal to Congress.

“I think the chief bottleneck is Congress,” Earnest said. “We have seen Congress pass legislation that they put in place intentionally and specifically to make closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay much more difficult.”

Senate Adopts Amendment Banning Torture

In a wide 78-21 vote, the Senate adopted the amendment as it continued consideration of the annual defense authorization legislation. Thirty-two Republicans joined all Democrats to approve the proposal.