Warner, who is the vice chairman and leading Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, stood on the Senate floor before he voted for Haspel and said, "We should not overlook the historic nature of Ms. Haspel's nomination as the first woman to be nominated as director of the CIA".
Human rights groups are lamenting the Senate confirmation of Gina Haspel to be CIA director because of her direct involvement in the spy agency's harsh detention and interrogation program.
Those speaking out in favor of Haspel's candidacy - like Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va. - cited, among other things, the huge support for Haspel from within the CIA.
"Congratulations to our new CIA Director, Gina Haspel!".
"With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the C.I.A. should have undertaken", she wrote. Last week McCain issued a powerful statement opposing Haspel's candidacy, calling her role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans "disturbing". Haspel became acting director after Pompeo was confirmed as secretary of state.
The most vulnerable of all Democratic Senators, West Virginia's Joe Manchin, who is campaigning for reelection in a state that overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump in 2016, told his supporters that he supported Haspel because she was "an unbelievable public servant", who prioritizes the safety of America.
In 2013, about Haspel was mentioned in the report John Brennan, CIA Director in the years 2013-2017.
"Though I was in the minority today, I wish Ms. Haspel the best as she takes on this critically important role".
Haspel, 61, is widely respected in the intelligence community.
But many questions about Haspel remained unanswered even as the Senate voted to confirm her. Sen. "Specifically, the law provides that no individual in United States custody may be subjected to any interrogation technique or approach that is not authorised by and listed in the Army Field Manual", she said.
As senators were preparing to vote, a military judge at the Guantánamo Bay wartime prison rejected a request by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the principal architect of the September 11 attacks, for permission to give the Senate six paragraphs of information about Ms. Haspel.
Number two Senate Republican John Cornyn said Haspel is well-liked within the CIA and will provide "objective, unbiased, and unvarnished intelligence" to the president and policymakers. "Shes served with the Agency for 33 years, including tours as a case officer, four times as a station chief, the deputy chief of the National Resources Division, the Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service, and now as CIA Deputy Director", he said. Six Democrats ultimately broke ranks to vote for Haspel - Sen.