Including Heitkamp, four Democrats have publicly supported President Donald Trump's Central Intelligence Agency pick, and the Washington Post said Haspel appeared to garner enough votes to land the job.
Shortly after her letter became public Tuesday, three Democratic senators announced their support for Haspel, effectively ensuring that she will be confirmed as the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2018.
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.
Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona who is away from the Senate amid treatment for brain cancer, released a statement last week saying Haspel's refusal to rebuke torture as immoral in her hearing was "disqualifying".
The 10-5 vote saw two Democrats join Republicans, including committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, who said she'll be a capable and independent leader.
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President Trump nominated Haspel to the post, and her confirmation process has been under intense scrutiny.
Haspel faces opposition from a majority of Democrats and human rights groups for her role in the George W. Bush administration's interrogation and detention program, which critics say amounted to torture. Haspel now has more than enough support to win confirmation, as Warner was one of three Democrats to announce Tuesday that they were voting for her, bringing the total to five. Some of Ms. Haspel's past actions and beliefs did not meet that standard. Of those six Democrats, four have said they are voting for Haspel, Sen.
Trump has said the country should consider resuming harsh interrogation techniques.
Haspel has pledged not to implement an interrogation program of that kind again.
But opponents of Haspel's nomination lament that McCain's fellow Republicans are paying little heed to the Navy veteran's warnings about Haspel. In November, McCain convinced Manchin to vote against Steven Bradbury to become the general counsel of the Department of Transportation because of his role in crafting the memos that authorized the CIA's use of torture in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.