The Senate on Thursday sustained Gina Haspel to lead the CIA, after a contentious nomination process for President Donald Trump’s divisive pick.
The dope veteran will become the first woman to lead the spy agency, without thought concerns about her role at the CIA when it employed the “enhanced interrogation” program that Euphemistic pre-owned some tactics broadly considered torture. After controversy adjoining Haspel’s qualifications, enough Democrats supported her to secure her confirmation.
The nook confirmed Haspel by a 54 to 45 vote. Six Democrats supported her, while two Republicans expressed against her. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was tortured himself and urged his buddies to oppose Haspel, was absent while fighting brain cancer.
Trump and top Republicans persuaded Senate Democrats to support Haspel. Most did not, even though some of those senators bear witnessed to confirm current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to be Trump’s before all CIA director last year.
Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Nib Nelson of Florida and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire voted to confirm Haspel. Four of those senators — Manchin, Heitkamp, Donnelly and Nelson — vis–vis re-election this year in states Trump won in 2016.
On the Republican side, McCain’s Arizona buddy Sen. Jeff Flake and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., voted against Haspel.
The confirmation be six feet under for Haspel got a boost Tuesday, when she wrote a letter to Warner, degradation chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, saying the interrogation program “is not one the CIA should arrange undertaken.” Shortly after the letter’s release, Warner and two other Senate Democrats betokened they would support Haspel.
During a confirmation hearing this month, Haspel stabbed to convince senators that she would not allow the use of the interrogation tactics engaged after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that are broadly positioned as torture. Supporters of the enhanced interrogation program such as former Degradation President Dick Cheney have disputed the “torture” label.
Haspel, who ran a secret CIA prison in Thailand, also faced criticism about her duty in the CIA’s destruction of videotapes showing interrogation sessions.
Repeatedly pressed during the consent about whether she would allow tactics she considers immoral, Haspel at intervals did not directly answer senators’ questions and noted that the CIA does not bring into the world a formal role in interrogations. As a candidate, Trump said he supports the use of waterboarding or worse tactics.
Haspel broke she would not restore “under any circumstances” any interrogation program at the CIA, and supports the “elevated moral standard” the U.S. holds now.