"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".
All eight Republicans and two of the seven Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee earlier expressed support for Haspel.
Haspel denounced the torture program in a latter to Sen.
She requested a transfer to the CIA's Counterterrorism Center in 2001 where she started September 11 of that year, according to the Trump administration.
With a positive committee vote, the full Senate could vote on Haspel's confirmation as early as Thursday, according to Senate aides, although that would require cooperation from senators to waive the chamber's procedural hurdles for a quick vote.
Warner suggested that if only Haspel would condemn the torture program in clearer terms, as John Brennan had during his confirmation hearing to become Central Intelligence Agency director in 2013, then she'd have Warner's vote. When Democratic committee staffers created a classified document providing details of Haspel's record to be made available to the entire Senate ― the kind of transparency permitted before past votes involving classified information ― a senior aide to Warner moved to further restrict access to the document.
She is now the deputy director.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said the world was watching the confirmation vote, which he called a "referendum on torture". "I believe that she will be a strong advocate for the Agency's workforce, and an independent voice who can and will stand up on behalf of our nation's intelligence community".
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She is expected to have enough votes to be confirmed on the Senate floor.
Her opponents argued that it wasn't right to promote someone who supervised a covert detention site in Thailand where terror suspects were waterboarded, an interrogation technique that simulates drowning.
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Flake, however, said in his statement Wednesday that he still has concerns over Haspel's role in the destruction of videotapes of interrogations.
Beavers said senators are making a political miscalculation if they give their support to confirm a nominee "who has helped carry out torture".
The five Democrats supporting Haspel are: Warner, Manchin, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.
In an interview, Gerald Staberock, secretary general of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), said Haspel's expected confirmation is a "terrible message by the United States that torture is not a crime". Ms. Haspel's involvement in torture is deeply troubling, as my friend and colleague, John McCain, so eloquently reminded us. 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 an entire career in the agency's clandestine services.