The committee voted 10 to 5 to in favor of her nomination. The full Senate is expected to vote on her nomination as early as this week.
Harris and four other Democrats voted against her. We'll have more on Gina Haspel later in the broadcast. "She has acted morally, ethically, and legally, over a distinguished 30-year career and is the right person to lead the Agency into an uncertain and challenging future". Haspel danced around those queries by saying she would not restart the program and that she supports the current "stricter moral standard" after Congress changed the law.
With two of 51 Republicans committed to voting against Haspel, and five Democrats already indicating they will support her, it appears she is set to become the agency's first female director. Mark Warner, the highest Democrat on the panel.
Haspel's nomination has sparked renewed debate over brutal interrogation practices the Central Intelligence Agency used on terror suspects after 9/11. Similarly, former CIA Director Leon Panetta made a personal appeal to Sen. "As a cosponsor of the McCain-Feinstein amendment that banned enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, I appreciated Ms. Haspel's commitment that she "would not fail to reject a proposal" that is "contrary to [her] moral and ethical values" or that is inconsistent with 'CIA's mission, expertise, and the law'".
She had not expressed those feelings publicly, during her contentious confirmation hearing last week.
Haspel said in her confirmation hearing that she would disobey any order from Trump to revive such techniques. Haspel has not disclosed any details of what she did in connection with the program or say whether she thought it had been immoral. "Most importantly, I believe she is someone who can and will stand up to the President if ordered to do something illegal or immoral - like a return to torture", Warner said in a statement after the vote.
Gina Haspel belongs in prison.
Now serving as the agency's deputy director, Haspel is well-regarded within the agency. She joined the CIA in 1985 and has held a collection of high-ranking positions on the intelligence company all through her prolonged profession, together with senior management positions inside the company's Nationwide Clandestine Service, which oversees the company's spy operations overseas and its most covert operations packages.
The controversial episodes in Haspel's career include a stint overseeing a secret prison in Thailand where brutal interrogations were conducted, and her role drafting the 2005 cable ordering the destruction of 92 videotapes depicting the interrogation of one detainee.
The committee's report on the CIA's rendition program stated senior al Qaeda operatives Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri had been detained at that location.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Gerald Staberock, secretary general of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), said Haspel's expected confirmation is a "terrible message by the U.S. that torture is not a crime".
"The torture of detainees in USA custody over the last decade was one of many darkest chapters in American historical past", McCain stated in an announcement.
"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", according to Haspel's written answers to some 60 additional questions from lawmakers.