Senate to vote Thursday on Central Intelligence Agency nominee Haspel

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"Like Sen. (John) McCain, I believe this refusal is disqualifying".

McCain, who has been absent from the Senate during treatment for brain cancer, survived torture as a prisoner during the Vietnam War.

Baldwin had not stated her position on Haspel until Thursday, after her confirmation became all-but certain following 10-5 committee approval. The vote was largely along party lines, but six Democrats voted for her and two Republicans voted against her. Sen.

The Senate has confirmed Gina Haspel as the first female director of the CIA following a rocky nomination process that reopened debate about one of the darkest chapters in the spy agency's history.

Haspel has pledged not to implement an interrogation program of that kind again. She reportedly considered dropping out of consideration.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called President Donald Trump's choice of Haspel to lead the agency "the right woman at the right time".

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire also voted in favor of Haspel's confirmation.

Haspel had already picked up Democratic support and appears on a path to confirmation.

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McCaskill had offered no clues about how she was leaning in the days - even minutes - before the vote.

She told The Kansas City Star on May 9 that she wanted to review Haspel's testimony and classified information on Haspel's alleged involvement in the torture of detainees during the Bush administration before making her decision.

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said that Haspel has "consistently proven herself as a strong leader" on the Senate floor Thursday.

"My questions about Ms. Haspel's role in the destruction of videotapes relevant to discussions occurring in Congress regarding the program have not been adequately answered", Flake said in a statement announcing his opposition.

McCaskill is running for re-election in a state Republican President Donald Trump won by almost 19 percentage points.

But Senate Democrat Elizabeth Warren insisted Haspel's past connection to practices now widely seen as torture should sound the alarm bell. John McCain, R-Ariz., that Haspel should not be confirmed to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

She is a career intelligence official, but her nomination has been controversial because she was involved in the CIA's post-9/11 program of detaining and harshly interrogating terror suspects.

"Out of the spotlight, whether at Langley and deployed overseas, Ms. Haspel has quietly earned the respect and admiration of those who matter most - the men and women of the CIA, and distinguished current and former intelligence community leaders", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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