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McCaskill defends CIA vote: Reasons classified

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri says that classified discussions she can't share publicly persuaded her to vote against the new CIA director.

McCaskill is one of the few Democrats facing difficult re-elections to oppose President Donald Trump's nomination of Gina Haspel. She was confirmed Thursday after a debate about her role in the CIA's torture program.

McCaskill briefly addressed her vote with reporters at a campaign event Saturday. She says she was "very uncomfortable" with Haspel's answers during a classified briefing.

McCaskill says, "If everyone in Missouri read and listened to her answers ... I believe that a vast majority of Missourians would have voted the same way I did."

Earlier Saturday, Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas said McCaskill "put partisan politics over national security" by opposing Haspel.

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