Senate panel poised to recommend Gina Haspel's confirmation
By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's pick to be the next CIA director appears headed for confirmation.
Gina Haspel is picking up Democratic support and is expected to get a nod on Wednesday from the Senate intelligence committee. The full Senate could hold a confirmation vote before the end of the week.
Five Democrats have announced that they will vote to confirm Haspel.
She is a career intelligence official, but her nomination has been controversial because she was involved in the CIA's post-9/11 program of detaining and harshly interrogating terror suspects.
On Tuesday, Haspel said that with the benefit of hindsight and her experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one that the CIA should have undertaken.