In an attempt to get CIA Haspel nominee to admit being aware of Donald Trump's actions in the 2016 election, Kentucky senator Rand Paul asked if the CIA had any information on the controversy. Calling on her high position in the CIA as the benchmark, he said "Before she's appointed, if she is appointed, I would like to know what does she know about the surveillance of the Trump campaign and why was the CIA involved?"
Agent Haspel is a proponent of torture and, after having been requested to stop, denounced the heinous method of information extraction once used in areas like Guantanamo Bay to interrogate prisoners.
Paul is the sole Republican who has doubts about Haspel's ability and integrity to run the espionage agency. The president is the one who nominated Haspel, but has concerns about the extent of the CIA's intel on presidential campaigns according to senator Paul.