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Haspel’s CIA Nomination Clears Committee

CIA nominee Gina Haspel passed the committee level 10-5 with bipartisan support Wednesday, clearing the way for a full Senate vote as early as this week.
Ahead of Wednesday’s closed-door session, all eight Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee declared support for Haspel along with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin and the panel’s top Democrat, Mark Warner. Haspel is expected to secure enough support on the Senate floor to be confirmed, if narrowly, with a range of vulnerable Democrats backing her. That includes Manchin, Indiana senator Joe Donnelly, North Dakota senator Heidi Heitkamp, and Florida senator Bill Nelson.
“Democrats are running out of excuses to block this highly qualified nominee,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told reporters Tuesday. “I hope more of our Senate Democratic colleagues will come across the aisle and support her, as they should.”
Haspel’s nomination has been mired in controversy over her role in the CIA’s controversi…
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