Haspel Confirmed As CIA's First Female Director

Gina Haspel confirmed to lead CIA

Gina Haspel confirmed to lead CIA

The US Senate has approved Gina Haspel as the CIA's first female director.

By supporting Haspel, they may be trying to appease pro-Trump voters as well as avoid ending up on the president's bad side.

"Having served in that tumultuous time, I can offer you my personal commitment, clearly and without reservation, that under my leadership, CIA will not restart such a detention and interrogation program", she told the Senate Intelligence Committee. John McCain that Haspel's record and perspective on torture are disqualifying.

She was part of a notorious program under which the CIA employed brutal interrogation techniques following the 9/11 attacks in one of the darkest chapters in the history of the spy agency.

He said he's convinced that Haspel could and would stand up to Trump, who has voiced support for waterboarding and has said "torture works".

"In this position, she assists the D/CIA in managing intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence, and liaison relationships with foreign services", the CIA explained.

Her opponents said it wasn't right to promote someone who supervised a black site in Thailand. They said the US needed to slam closed what was one of the CIA's darkest chapters that tainted America's image with allies overseas.

Warner's vote also differed from Virginia's junior Senator, Tim Kaine, who voted Nay at the confirmation vote for Haspel. Two Republicans voted no.

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But the White House pushed forward on Haspel, and in her confirmation hearing last week she did enough to secure votes from Democrats who were on the fence, even as she repeatedly danced around questions about whether she thought the Bush-era interrogation program was immoral. She also said she would "ensure Congress conducts robust oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency under her leadership".

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in a floor speech that Haspel "offered up nearly the classic Washington non-apology".

He asked how the Senate could take seriously Haspel's "conversion on torture".

Maggie Hassan said she agrees with Republican Sen. The vote was mostly along party lines although six Democrats voted for her and two Republicans went against her. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking member of the intelligence committee. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Six Democrats ultimately broke ranks to vote for Haspel - Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama, opposed the nominee.

Haspel, 61, is a native of Kentucky but grew up around the world as the daughter of an Air Force serviceman.

She is the first operations officer in more than five decades - and the first-ever woman - to be named to the role.

Gina Haspel's nomination as CIA director was met with strong opposition among U.S. lawmakers, as she was suspected of having been involved in the agency's use of extreme interrogation methods. She has been serving as acting director.

Haspel received backing from senior officials in the White House and senators from Trump's administration as well. The CIA has shared some details about Haspel's previous posts, her personal details and projects she has worked on.

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