"There's not a smoking gun. There's a smoking saw," Lindsey Graham said.
The White House prevented the head of the intelligence agency from going to the hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin said.
Democrats had the power to block her nomination, but they couldn't stick together.
When he said he’d vote for the CIA nominee, he ensured that Americans will never get straight answers on torture.
Haspel looks all but assured to win confirmation in a vote before the full Senate.
Democrats have lost the debate over torture after two Democratic senators said they plan to back Haspel's confirmation.
She repeatedly refused to weigh in on its morality at her confirmation hearing.
“It doesn’t matter. He’s dying anyway,” Kelly Sadler said of Sen. John McCain, who is at odds with the president over his CIA nominee.
"That's why they call him 'Songbird John.'"
Cheney's comments come as lawmakers have scrutinized CIA director nominee Gina Haspel for her role in overseeing the controversial program.
The CNN analyst and former CIA official also blamed Congress and the DOJ for the agency's defunct torture program.
"I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination," the Arizona Republican said.
The Democratic senator "would rather give ... terrorists hugs and safe spaces than take adequate action to protect America," state Sen. Leah Vukmir (Wis.) said.
At her confirmation hearing, Trump's pick for CIA director Gina Haspel was grilled about the agency's use of torture.
Gina Haspel pledged not to revive the spy agency's interrogation operation — but she wouldn't condemn it.
Demonstrators gathered inside and outside the building for the CIA nominee's confirmation hearing.
Trump's pick for CIA director oversaw a black site in Thailand where at least one detainee was reportedly tortured.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is seeking permission to provide information to senators about the controversial CIA director nominee.
"You’ve got water in your lungs, your brain is on fire, your nasal cavity is on fire, your throat is completely swollen up," a former Army interrogator said.
The nominee for CIA director will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee for her confirmation hearing on Wednesday.