54-45 vote in Senate gives Haspel CIA job

Posted: May 18, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Gina Haspel, testifying May 9, emphasized the historic nature of her nomination and noted “the outpouring of support from young women at CIA who consider it a good sign for their own prospects.”

The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Gina Haspel as the next CIA director after several Democrats were persuaded to support her despite their concerns about her role in the torture of suspects captured after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., leaves the Senate floor Thursday after Gina Haspel was confirmed as director of the CIA.

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