Senate Confirms Gina Haspel, First Woman to Lead the CIA

(From The Washington Examiner)

Gina Haspel was confirmed in a bipartisan Senate vote Thursday, clearing the way for her to become the first woman to lead the CIA.

Haspel has served at the CIA for three decades and is currently the acting director. She succeeds Mike Pompeo, who left the CIA post to take the job of secretary of state.

The Senate approved her in a 54-45 vote despite strenuous objections from Democrats, a handful of Republicans and some outside groups who said her tenure overseeing enhanced interrogation practices more than a decade ago disqualify her for the job.

Haspel’s nomination was ultimately supported by a handful Democrats, including Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member Mark Warner, of Virginia.

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