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Senate Intelligence Panel Approves Gina Haspel as CIA Director

Senate Intelligence Panel Approves Gina Haspel as CIA Director

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday voted 10-5 to advance the nomination of Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s pick for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, to the Senate floor in a bipartisan vote celebrated by both leaders of the committee.

Only two Democrats — Warner and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted with Republicans to advance her nomination to the full Senate floor.

So far, five Democrats have said they support her confirmation: Warner, Manchin, and Sens.

Manchin, Donnelly, Nelson, and Heitkamp are facing tough re-election fights in states that went for Trump in 2016.

She has promised Congress she would not initiate any new detention or interrogation programs as CIA director and penned a letter to Warner that said the CIA should not have undertaken the interrogation program, which many have deemed tantamount to torture.

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