Senate confirms Gina Haspel to lead Central Intelligence Agency, first woman to hold post

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Gina Haspel has been confirmed as the next CIA director, making her the first woman to lead the intelligence agency.

"While I respect Ms. Haspel's service and sacrifice, after meeting with her and reviewing classified documents, I do not think she is that person", McCaskill added.

Nearly all details about Ms. Haspel's record at the agency were classified, and officials there defied calls from some lawmakers to make them available to the public ahead of the vote.

"There is no greater or more hard task than protecting the safety and security of families of our great nation, and for that I am extremely grateful to every member of our intelligence community, including Ms. Haspel, who has spent decades in public service", said Senator Patty Murray in a statement following the vote.

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Maggie Hassan said she agrees with Republican Sen. She will also make history inasmuch as she will become the very first female director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The committee voted Wednesday in a closed session before a hearing on the intelligence community's assessment of 2017 Russian election meddling, in which former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and former National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers are testifying.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, a top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, echoed the sentiment of Haspel's opponents in the Senate.

However, several members of the opposition Democratic party remained critical of her and voted against.

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"Gina Haspel has openly acknowledged that, as the Acting CIA Director, she is making the decisions about what gets declassified about herself and what does not".

Haspel, who will be the first woman to lead the CIA, is a 33-year veteran at the agency now serving as its acting director. Dishearteningly, six Democrats voted in favor of her confirmation.

During the confirmation process, she was criticized for her ties to the agency's use of harsh interrogation techniques. Joe Donnelly (IN), Sen. Joe Manchin (WV), Sen.

Following the announcement of Haspel's confirmation, President Trump took to Twitter to congratulate her.

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Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Jeff Flake of Arizona were among the Republicans who voted against Haspel. Bill Nelson in Florida. "I also believe it is important to hold Gina Haspel's nomination to a similar standard as previous nominees for this position, particularly in regards to responsibility for the CIA's use of torture following the 9/11 attacks", Shaheen proclaimed. John McCain, R-Ariz., who survived years of torture as a POW in Vietnam, and who, as he undergoes treatment for brain cancer, was not present for the floor vote.

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