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The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday voted 10-5 in favor of Gina Haspel to be the next director of the CIA, setting up her expected Senate confirmation later this month.
“Gina Haspel is the most qualified person the president could choose to lead the CIA and the most prepared nominee in the 70-year history of the agency,” said Commitee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C. “I’m pleased to see the committee favorably report her nomination to the full Senate, and I look forward to her swift confirmation.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Haspel found bipartisan support after weeks of debate over her role overseeing enhanced interrogation techniques used by the agency more than a decade ago. The committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, voted for her.
Haspel has served three decades at the agency and is widely respected by the intelligence community, which helped ease her Intelligence Committee endorsement.
Some vocal Democratic opponents and outside groups, including the ACLU, say Haspel has not gone far enough in denouncing the interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, that were used by the CIA to get information out of terror suspects in the years following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
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