Senate votes on Haspel confirmation as CIA director — live stream

The Senate is holding a final confirmation vote on Gina Haspel to be the next CIA Director.  She is expected to be confirmed with bipartisan support. Haspel was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee in a 10-5 vote early Wednesday in a closed-door session, paving the way for her confirmation. 

Haspel’s nomination has sparked renewed debate over brutal interrogation practices the CIA used on terror suspects after 9/11. Haspel was involved in supervising a secret CIA detention site in Thailand.

During her confirmation hearing last week, she said she doesn’t believe torture works as an interrogation technique and that her “strong moral compass” would prevent her from carrying out any presidential order she found objectionable.

Haspel also said she would not permit the spy agency to resume its harsh interrogation program, which became one of the darkest chapters of the CIA’s history and tainted America’s image worldwide.

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