DEMOCRATS CAVE: Sources Say HASPEL Has the Votes to Pass Senate

U.S. Senate panel advances Trump nominee Haspel for head of CIA

"Ms. Haspel is cynically trying to offer mere words in an attempt to win votes to support her confirmation", said Gen. Charles Krulak, former commandant of the Marine Corps.

It will make Haspel, a 61-year-old Russian Federation specialist, the first-ever woman to lead the CIA, and the first director who spent their entire career in the agency's clandestine services. Harris said Haspel running the CIA would not be the best "signal to the workforce of that agency, to the American people or to our neighbors around the globe".

The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to vote on Haspel's nomination on Wednesday.

Haspel pledged at her confirmation hearing that she would never restart the interrogation program put in place after the September 11 attacks, but did not go as far as saying it should not have been started. Five Democrats said they were going to vote no.

Every Republican member of the committee voted in favor of Haspel, including two Democrats - Sens.

Gina Haspel is picking up Democratic support and is expected to get a nod on Wednesday from the Senate intelligence committee.

The refusal to declassify the matters, Wyden said, has "only to do with protecting her own image".

If she passes confirmation, Haspel would become the first female director in the agency's history of over 70 years.

Harris and four other Democrats voted against her. Several Democrats and at least one Republican say the full Senate should have access to a classified Justice Department report written by John Durham, the special prosecutor who investigated the destruction of the Central Intelligence Agency interrogation tapes but did not bring charges. 'Both the Committee and the Agency shared the goal of obtaining the critical intelligence needed to thwart another attack'. Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, McCain's Arizona colleague, has said he's undecided. She already has the backing of a number of Democrats, including Mark Warner of Virginia, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelley of Indiana, Bill Nelson of Florida and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

Former CIA officials say Haspel oversaw a secret prison in Thailand run by the agency where Al-Qaeda suspects Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were water-boarded. She testified that they were destroyed on the order of her supervisor at the time, Jose Rodriguez, and that she was not on the tapes.

Confirmation by the full Senate appeared likely as four Democrats - Mark Warner of Virginia, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelley of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - announced their support.

'With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior Agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken'. The full Senate could hold a confirmation vote before the end of the week. I wanted reassurance from her that she has a moral compass and will stand up to the President and not enable his worst impulses, including getting back in the business of enhanced interrogation.

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