US Senate confirms Gina Haspel to lead Central Intelligence Agency

US Senate confirms Gina Haspel to lead Central Intelligence Agency

US Senate confirms Gina Haspel to lead Central Intelligence Agency

She has been known to authorize and execute various torture techniques - what the Central Intelligence Agency calls 'enhanced interrogation' - in her various roles.

Her opponents said it wasn't right to promote someone who supervised a black site in Thailand.

The approval came after a political battle that highlighted one of the darkest episodes of the CIA's history and her own career: the 2002-2005 interrogation program that subjected a number of Al-Qaeda suspects to torture, including beatings and waterboarding.

Beyond Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin, and Nelson, who will be targeted relentlessly by Trump and GOP forces regardless of their vote for Haspel, there were two Democratic senators who tokenized Haspel and were proud to overlook her torture past because they could say they backed the First Woman CIA Director Ever.

"I believe that she will be a strong advocate for the agency's workforce, and an independent voice who can and will stand up on behalf of our nation's intelligence community", he said.

Haspel was confirmed in a 54-45 vote on Thursday.

Ahead of voting, McConnell said Haspel "demonstrated candor, integrity, and a forthright approach" throughout the confirmation process and "has quietly earned the respect and admiration" of intelligence community leaders at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and overseas.

Among Democrats supporting Haspel are several who are up for re-election this fall in states where Trump is popular, including Sen.

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That record, and Haspel's answers at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week, attracted some Democrats, including the ranking Democrat on that committee that oversees the CIA, Mark Warner of Virginia. Doug Jones of Alabama, opposed the nominee.

"No matter how you dress it up, torture is torture", Warren said.

She will succeed Mike Pompeo as director. Two weeks ago, however, Trump pulled out of the worldwide accord that has successfully blocked Iran from building any nuclear weapons - even as US intelligence agencies had concluded Tehran was complying with the deal.

"I am sure that she will be for Director Pompeo what Steve Kappes was for me - a trusted friend, lieutenant and guide to the sometimes opaque corridors of American espionage", Hayden said.

Haspel received robust backing from former intelligence, diplomatic, military and national security officials.

Though the Democrats and their allies raised the alarm against Gina Haspel's nomination to the office of CIA Director, the veteran agency officer was confirmed in the post today by a vote of 51-43 according to the CBC - earning the votes of some Democrats who differed in opinion with the wider party position.

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) refused to support her. Before that, she was his second in command, the first public job she's held at the agency after more than three decades undercover in Asia, Africa, Europe and at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va.

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