Gina Haspel was appointed as the first female director of the CIA.
A 33-year veteran of the agency, Ms Haspel, 61, spent most of her career as an undercover operative. She was confirmed in a 54-45 vote, the culmination of thrilling riding that appeared to be in danger at several points after she was abruptly selected by President Donald Trump in March.
It should be noted that in 2002, she was selected by the agency to run a black site in Thailand where harsh interrogation techniques were used that a Senate report deemed to be torture. Three years later, Ms Haspel ordered the destruction of 92 video tapes that documented the interrogation of him, and Abu Zubaydah, who was also held at the Thai location.
Three Republicans opposed Haspel’s nomination: Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Jeff Flake of Arizona and John McCain of Arizona, although McCain did not vote because he’s battling brain cancer at home.
But Haspel secured enough votes to win confirmation with the backing of six Democrats including Virginia Sen.Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.