Claire McCaskill voted against President Donald Trump's nominee for CIA director Thursday, saying that Gina Haspel's record at the spy agency showed that her "instincts and judgment" were not "in line with our country's moral compass".
Gina Haspel was confirmed by the Senate to run the CIA Thursday, despite some lingering concerns over her role in the use of torture techniques while acting as station chief in Thailand. "I look forward to working with her as she helps advance and protect Americas national security interests from the daily threats we face", he said.
The final Senate vote was 54-45. From beginning to end, the process was a cover-up to suppress information on the CIA's torture program.
Gina Cherie has Haspel was born 1 October 1956.
Ahead of voting, McConnell said Haspel "demonstrated candor, integrity, and a forthright approach" throughout the confirmation process and "has quietly earned the respect and admiration" of intelligence community leaders at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and overseas.
But Haspel was able to win support from more than enough lawmakers from the left, after appeasing some by assuring Senator Warner in a letter on Tuesday that "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".
Haspel briefly ran a secret CIA prison where accused terrorists Abu Zubayadah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri were waterboarded in 2002, according to former US intelligence officials.
Haspel supervised one of those detention sites, but details of her work there haven't been declassified. They said the USA needs to close the book forever on the program that marred America's image with allies overseas.
Several senators said Haspel was not forthcoming in answering questions about her role in the torture program or the CIA's decision to destroy videotaped evidence of the sessions. They also had questions about her rejection of the now-banned techniques. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., citing his "powerful and unimpeachable views" as reason to oppose Haspel's candidacy. He asked how the Senate could take seriously Haspel's "conversion on torture?". Rand Paul (Ky.) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.) sided with most Democrats in voting against Haspel. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and red- and purple-state Democratic Sens. Joe Donnelly (IN), Sen. Bill Nelson (FL), Sen. In that, she joined Democratic Sens.
Warner, the two-term Senator and former Governor of Virginia, is the top Democrat in the Senate Intelligence Committee, serving as Vice Chairman of the committee since January 2017. "And nearly to a person, this rank and file have supported her nomination".
Other senators accused the Central Intelligence Agency of selectively declassifying information favorable to Haspel while refusing to release - the full Senate or the public - information that could harm her nomination.
Rights groups had urged senators to block Haspel's nomination.