WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday as the first female director of the CIA following a difficult nomination process that reopened an emotional debate about brutal interrogation techniques in one of the darkest chapters in the spy agency’s history.
The 54-45 vote split both parties, with six Democrats joining most Republicans in support. Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who is battling brain cancer, was absent for the vote.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, called President Donald Trump’s choice of Haspel to lead the agency “the right woman at the right time.”
McConnell steered the confirmation swiftly past opponents, …read more
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