Senate Intelligence Committee backs Gina Haspel


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Acting CIA Director Gina Haspel got another boost this morning, with the Senate Intelligence Committee voting to recommend her confirmation as CIA Director to the full Senate. Two Democrats joined with Republicans in backing Haspel, including Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)—the top Democrat on the committee.

“Gina is committed to making sure we never have to relearn lessons of the past,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats writes in an op-ed for USA Today. “Instability and uncertainty create devastating consequences in war zones . . . We need to ensure that we have in place the most capable, experienced and measured intelligence leaders to address these serious challenges.”

Gina Haspel fits the bill. The Chicago Tribune’s editorial board explained last week that President Trump’s CIA nominee “gets rave reviews from former national security officials from Democratic and Republican administrations, and is said to be strongly supported by agency employees.” If confirmed, she will be the CIA’s first female Director.

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