Senate Approves Gina Haspel To Be The Next Director Of The CIA

A world of threats awaits Gina Haspel as CIA director

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel speaks during her confirmation hearing before the Senate (Select) Committee on Intelligence May 9, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The panel voted 10-5 behind closed doors to back Haspel, which was expected after two of its seven Democrats, including Vice Chairman Mark Warner, said they would join the committee's eight Republicans in backing Haspel.

She was endorsed by former Central Intelligence Agency directors from both Democratic and Republican administrations.

But she has also had strong support from the White House, and many current and former intelligence officials.

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday had recommended Haspel be confirmed as CIA director. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Jeff Flake of Arizona and John McCain of Arizona, although McCain did not vote because he's battling brain cancer at home.

McCaskill's vote against Haspel drew immediate criticism from her main Republican opponent in her tough race for re-election in a state that President Donald Trump carried easily in 2016.

Baldwin's Republican counterpart, Sen.

Gina Haspel was confirmed by the Senate to run the CIA Thursday, despite some lingering concerns over her role in the use of torture techniques while acting as station chief in Thailand.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called President Donald Trump's choice of Haspel to lead the agency "the right woman at the right time".

It didn't matter much one way or the other how McCaskill votes on Haspel, who already had garnered more than enough support to be confirmed, said Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball, the University of Virginia Center for Politics' nonpartisan newsletter that analyzes races.

He asked how the Senate could take seriously Haspel's "conversion on torture". Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Bill Nelson of Florida. Later that day, Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on the Senate floor Thursday.

State Sen. Leah Vukmir has refused to apologize for the claim.

"Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing". The full Senate could hold a confirmation vote before the end of the week.

The 61-year-old Haspel, a Russian Federation specialist who spent her career in the clandestine service, becomes the first woman to lead the agency, taking over from Mike Pompeo, whom Trump recently made his secretary of state. More than 100 former USA ambassadors who served both Republican and Democratic presidents sent the Senate a letter opposing Haspel, saying that despite her credentials, confirming her would give authoritarian leaders around the world the license to say US behavior is "no different from ours".

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