Sen. Mark Warner to Support Gina Haspel for CIA Director. Grrrrrrrr

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President Trump's pick to lead the CIA Gina Haspel picked up endorsements from key Democrats Tuesday ahead of a confirmation vote expected later this week.

Haspel appears to have a lock on confirmation, with a vote in the Intelligence Committee expected for Wednesday. "The United States must be an example to the rest of the world, and I support that", Haspel said.

She had her testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, which was widely seen as a positive performance.

Two Democrats in Republican-leaning states have already backed Haspel, whose involvement at the Central Intelligence Agency while it employed such enhanced methods has been a sticking point in her confirmation process.

Sen. John Hoeven has said he supports Haspel's nomination.

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Haspel wrote that she has "learned the hard lessons since 9/11".

Sen. Rand Paul is facing increasing pressure to back President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, as the libertarian lawmaker's hometown newspaper urged him to back his fellow Kentuckian.

Haspel pledged at her confirmation hearing that she would never restart the program, in place in the years after the September 11, 2001 attacks, but did not go as far as saying it should not have been started. With a 51-49 Republican majority - and one of the GOP no votes, Sen. So far, just two Democrats in the Senate have said they plan to vote in favor of Haspel.

He also cited the support for Haspel by former CIA directors under the Obama administration, Leon Panetta and John Brennan, and General Michael Hayden, first appointed director of the National Security Agency by Democratic President Bill Clinton and later CIA director under George W. Bush. "I think what we did helped ultimately produce the intelligence we needed to be able to get (Osama) bin Laden", Cheney said. Uh, Senator Warner? You do realize that Virginia is now a blue-leaning state, certainly not North Dakota or West Virginia or IN or whatever? Trump blasts White House leakers as "traitors" Haspel confirmation vote set for Wednesday The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by CVS Health - Trump makes history with foreign policy decisions MORE (Ind.) have said they will vote for Haspel.

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