The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to vote on her confirmation Wednesday, and the Republican Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said he expected the full Senate could vote by weeks end. In comments aimed at clarifying her position on now-banned torture techniques, Haspel said that she would "refuse to undertake any proposed activity that is contrary to my moral and ethical values".
Haspel's background as a career CIA officer who played a role in the agency's use of interrogation and detention policies viewed as torture has been the key debate in her confirmation process.
"With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken", she wrote in the letter to Warner.
She ran a black-site prison in Thailand where a high-level terrorist was detained and tortured in 2002. She was also questioned about her role in the destruction of tapes showing those interrogation sessions. "Gina Haspel failed that test", said Krulak, who organized a letter signed by more than 100 retired generals and admirals expressing concern over her nomination.
Two of the committee's seven Democrats have said they are supporting Haspel, including Virginia's Sen. She joined the CIA in 1985 and has held a series of high-ranking positions at the intelligence agency throughout her lengthy career, including senior leadership positions within the agency's National Clandestine Service, which oversees the agency's spy operations overseas and its most covert operations programs.
During her confirmation hearing, Haspel also repeatedly refused to answer questions whether or not the reported torture was considered as "immoral".
Iran says USA exit from deal will not impact its oil
Crude oil prices fell more than 1% on Tuesday, though they cut their losses after Trump confirmed that he will withdraw from the Iran deal.
Ocala teacher accused of drowning raccoons during class
Brewton has been suspended and will remain on a paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete. So they trapped the animals, and then placed the trapped animals inside a garbage bin filled with water.
Samsung plans to supply ZTE and other OEMs with Exynos chipsets
Given product development lifecycles, that would mean a new third-party Exynos phone is already under development. Kang said his business is expected to see a 5-10 percent revenue growth this year in dollar terms.
"I don't believe that torture works", she told the committee, but stopped short of saying whether the interrogation program was "immoral" or should have been carried out.
"While I won't condemn those that made these hard calls, and I have noted the valuable intelligence collected, the program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world", Haspel continued.
If she passes confirmation, Haspel would become the first female director in the agency's history of over 70 years. The remaining five Democrats had already announced their opposition and did not change their minds. "However, Ms. Haspel explained to me that the agency should not have employed such tactics in the past and has assured me that it will not do so in the future", Sen.
"Due to the overwhelming public evidence suggesting Haspel's participation and compliance with crimes including torture, enforced disappearance and obstruction of justice, Haspel's nomination is an affront to human rights."
During his election campaign, Trump vowed resume waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning previously used by Central Intelligence Agency interrogators but now banned, and promised techniques "a hell of a lot worse".
Among those who opposed Haspel's confirmation is the ailing John McCain, who is a senior member of the ruling Republicans and the party's presidential nominee in 2008. But McCain, who is battling brain cancer, is not expected to come to Washington to cast his ballot.
McCain's warning resonated with several critics of the president, including his fellow Arizona Republican Sen.