Haspel Wins Backing of Senate Panel for CIA Post

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Manchin, a fellow Democrat on the intel committee, was the first Democrat to back the Haspel's nomination shortly after her Senate confirmation hearing last week.

As Director of the CIA, Gina Haspel will be the first operations officer in more than five decades to lead the Agency.

After a lifetime spent in the clandestine service, nearly nothing was known about Haspel, even what she looked like, until a sketchy official biography and a few photographs were released in the last two months.

It will make Haspel, a 61-year-old Russian Federation specialist, the first-ever woman to lead the CIA, and the first director who spent their entire career in the agency's clandestine services. Democrats have complained that the agency has been selective in its declassification of information about her.

Many critics of Haspel said that her work in the post-Sept.

Mark Warner, offered a surprising thumbs-up on Tuesday after Haspel, the spy agency's acting director, put in writing her belief that the CIA should never have engaged in "enhanced interrogation" techniques - now widely regarded as forms of torture.

The ACLU, in a series of tweets, shared the details about Haspel's history that are publicly known, and said the committee had "voted to reward a dark, criminal chapter of our country's history when it shouldn't have agreed to a vote until Haspel's full torture record was made public". And in 2005, under her boss's direction, she drafted a cable ordering the agency to destroy more than 90 videotapes of its interrogation of that man.

But in her hearing, Haspel reminded lawmakers of the important role played by the intelligence community after the 9/11 attacks.

But she would not say that torture is immoral. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

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Haspel's letter came after Republican Sen.

Rand Paul (Ky.)-are openly opposing Haspel. Along with the absence of Sen.

The Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 behind closed doors to approve the nomination, which was expected after two of its seven Democratic members, Vice Chairman Mark Warner and Joe Manchin, both said they would join the panel's eight Republicans in backing Haspel. Jeff Flake said he is undecided.

But since then, Warner, along with Sens.

The United States, Eviatar added, "has not held any officials accountable for the use of torture, so it's even more outrageous that the government is considering someone to the chief intelligence position in spite of her alleged participation in that clearly illegal and immoral activity". Her specific role in the program remains classified.

"With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the C.I.A. should have undertaken".

At least one red state Democrat will be voting against Gina Haspel.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning that the White House was optimistic that Haspel will be confirmed. Most likely because she did not want to condemn the Central Intelligence Agency employees working in the anti-terrorism field in that era as evil - as acting without any moral guidance as opposed to simply making a bad choice.

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