Here's what we can say for sure about Haspel's local connections: Haspel was born in Ashland and she has extensive ties to Kentucky. "Through it all, she led with compassion, integrity, discipline, and humor-traits she learned from her Agency mentors".
"My moral compass is strong", Haspel said.
King caucuses with the Democrats.
Republicans hold a narrow majority on the chamber, but with GOP Sen. And Haspel did say at her hearing that it wouldn't happen again on her watch. John McCain (R-Arizona) has been away from D.C. undergoing cancer treatment. That means the president needed at least one Democratic vote for Haspel's nomination to be secured, and Manchin's spokesperson told CNN Wednesday that he will deliver that vote. The RNC is leaning heavily on the gender card, branding opposition to Haspel as "the Democrats' war on a highly-qualified woman". Haspel said before being cut off by Harris, who demanded: "Can you please answer the question?"
Haspel: "No, I never watched the tapes, but I understood that our officers' faces were on them and that was very unsafe at a time when there were unauthorized disclosures that were exposing the program".
She said she wrote the 2005 order to destroy the tapes at the request of her boss, Jose Rodriguez, who was head of the CIA's clandestine service at the time. Some seemed to suggest that Haspel had the kind of experience required to stand up to Trump's attacks on the intelligence community, steady an erratic president, and "speak truth to power", a phrase repeatedly invoked.
The biggest question - now that Manchin's on board - is whether Susan Collins will endorse Haspel. In an ironic twist, the Obama (and Bush) intelligence apparatus has endorsed her wholeheartedly, along with former members of the CIA. Haspel refused to give it.
"I would not allow CIA to undertake activity that I thought was immoral, even if it was technically legal", said Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the agency. "We got valuable information from debriefing of Al Qaeda detainees, and I don't think it's knowable whether interrogation techniques played a role in that", Haspel said. She would replace Mike Pompeo, who was recently confirmed by the Senate as the new secretary of State.
She says that if she's confirmed, she will follow the clear and legal framework the US has since imposed that bans any corrosive tactic not spelled out in the Army Field Manual. "He was released in 1967, given $80,000 and a new name and sent to spend the rest of his life somewhere in the South, with occasional trips to Langley, Va., to lecture American intelligence professionals at CIA headquarters". She said that she never saw the videos and was not depicted on them, but that the destruction was important at the time to protect the Central Intelligence Agency personnel showed on the tapes from being targeted by militants.
But for Democrats looking for details, getting a straightforward answer from Haspel was like interrogating vapor.
The chairman of a Senate intelligence committee is praising President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as the next director of the CIA.
Haspel - who has worked as a spy, grilling suspects out of view - was mostly able to glide past the attention-loving senators questioning her.
Burr says some may seek to turn her nomination into a trial about a long-shuttered program.
California Senator Kamala Harris did her best future-presidential-candidate impression by pointedly asking whether torture is immoral.
The hearing was interrupted three times by protestors, some wearing "Code Pink" clothing.
The protesters began yelling, "stop the torture, stop the torture" and "don't reward torture".