Senates Approves Haspel As CIA Boss Despite Torture Background

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Updated May 16, 2018
Gina Haspel, nominee to be director of the CIA, visits the Hart Senate Office Building for meetings with senators May 7, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Haspel will attend her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP


Veteran covert operative Gina Haspel was approved Wednesday to become director of the Central Intelligence Agency in a crucial Senate panel vote, despite her record of involvement in torture in the early 2000s.

The Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 to forward her nomination to lead the US spy agency to the entire Senate, virtually assuring final approval of her nomination.

“Gina Haspel is the most qualified person the president could choose to lead the CIA and the most prepared nominee in the 70-year history of the agency,” said committee chairman Richard Burr.

“She has acted morally, ethically, and legally, over a distinguished 30-year career and is the right person to lead the agency into an uncertain and challenging future.”