Donald Trump is looking to revisit controversial enhanced interrogation policies or “torture” however, Sen. John McCain isn’t having it.
McCain has fired back against Donald Trump and said, “We are not bringing back torture.”
In a statement McCain said:
“The President can sign whatever executive orders he likes. But the law is the law. We are not bringing back torture in the United States of America.”
Trump is drafting a three-page order on “detention and interrogation of enemy combatants” that would remove a rule limiting interrogators to only using techniques listed in the Army Field Manuel and call for a review of the manual, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy of the executive order.
McCain added that Rep. Mike Pompeo, who was confirmed as CIA director on Monday, told him that “he will comply with the law that applies the Army Field Manual’s interrogation requirements to all U.S. agencies.”
Asked if he could commit to senators that the CIA is “out of the enhanced interrogation business,” Pompeo said during his committee hearing, “You have my full commitment.”
McCain noted that Defense Secretary James Mattis gave a similar promise during his confirmation hearings and he is “confident these leaders will be true to their word.”
And McCain isn’t the only senator to speak out. Senate Republican Conference Chair John Thune said employing waterboarding again “would take a change in the law, and Congress is on record. “With respect to torture, that’s banned… we view that to be a matter of settled law,” Thune said.