The new U.S. president vowed during his election campaign to bring back waterboarding and a "a hell of a lot worse" - not only because "torture works" but because, "they deserve it anyway for what they do to us".
Since becoming president, however, he has tempered those calls, noting his Defense Secretary James Mattis' advice that torture is ineffective.
"It's corrosive to the morale of the (intelligence community) should we ever get back into the business of enhanced interrogation techniques", Schiff said at a forum at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
The Senate passed an amendment in 2015 from Mr McCain that banned torture interrogation techniques, yet President Trump said on the campaign trail that he was in favour of waterboarding and a "hell of a lot worse".
Trump claimed to have spoken with "people at the highest level of intelligence.within the past 24 hours" of Muir's interview, "and asked them the question, 'Does torture work?'"
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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Wednesday that the draft order was "not a White House document" but would not provide further comment.
"In response to written questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said he 'support [s] using the Army Field Manual as the single standard for all USA military interrogations, '" McCain noted.
"The President can sign whatever executive orders he likes", McCain said.
"The reopening of black sites, the reexamination of whether we ought to go back to EITs - all of this I think is deeply disparaging to the country", Rep.
It's not quite clear from this whether "not a White House document" means it didn't actually come from the White House or if it's merely not official yet. "But the law is the law", said Republican Sen.
Pompeo said during his January 12 confirmation hearing, that he would "absolutely not" allow the Central Intelligence Agency to go beyond the Army Field Manual and didn't foresee being asked to consider it.
Asked specifically about the simulated drowning technique known as waterboarding, Mr Trump cited the extremist group's atrocities against Christians and others and said: "We have to fight fire with fire".