At least three Democratic Senators signaled their intention to vote ‘yes’ Wednesday for President Trump’s nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency; effectively ending days of contentious hearings over the future of Gina Haspel.
According to Politico, liberal Senators Warner, Heitkamp, and Nelson moved from “undecided” to the “yes camp” on Haspel, a decades long member of the intelligence community and CIA operative.
The news comes just hours after she passed a key hurdle and obtained the approval of the Senate Intelligence Committee in a 10-5 vote Wednesday.
“The one-two-three punch of Democratic buy-in effectively ensures Haspel’s confirmation as soon as Thursday despite a handful of still-undecided senators in both parties — not to mention a vocal push to defeat her by liberal and civil rights activists,” writes Politico.
Liberal legislators sought to derail Haspel’s nomination; accusing her of endorsing “enhanced interrogation techniques” -such as waterboarding- on detained terror suspects.
“The short answer is yes,” Warner told journalists this week. “The letter better reflected some of the conversations I’d had with her on an individual basis.”
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