When President Donald Trump moved to make CIA Director Mike Pompeo his new Secretary of State, he nominated Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the CIA to take Pompeo’s place as head of America’s spy agency. If confirmed Haspel would be the first woman to head the CIA but her confirmation by the Senate has been uncertain, due to her interrogating techniques used on terrorist captives in the past.
Haspel has appeared before the Senate committee and has been talking to individual Senators and those discussions so far, has gained her the support of 2 Democratic Senators – Joe Manchin (D-WV) and now Joe Donnelly (D-IN).
(Fox News) – A second Democrat on Saturday said he would vote to confirm Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee for CIA director, moving the agency veteran a significant step closer to confirmation.
Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said he would support her after a “tough, frank and extensive discussion,” with Haspel, making him the second Democrat to back her nomination after West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.
Democrats have expressed concern about Haspel’s involvement in the post 9/11-era interrogation and detention programs. In her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, while she refused to criticize colleagues for their conduct, she pledged that there would be no return to those programs under her leadership.
“Having served in that tumultuous time, I can offer you my personal commitment, clearly and without reservation, that under my leadership on my watch CIA will not restart such a detention and interrogation program,” she said…
Some wonder if Manchin’s support of Haspel has anything to do with this re-election campaign this year. He will be facing off against a very popular Republican, the current West Virginia Attorney General. Trump won West Virginia 68.7% to 26.5% over Clinton and Manchin’s seat could fall to the GOP. As for Haspel, she has been winning over more senators, both Democrat and Republican.