Senate Intelligence Committee poised to endorse Gina Haspel as next CIA director

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The Senate Intelligence Committee is poised to advance Gina Haspel's nomination Wednesday to be the CIA's first female director, paving the way for Hapel's likely confirmation in the full Senate despite continuing questions about her role in the agency's now-outlawed torture program.

The vote, which will take place in closed session and then be announced publicly, comes just one week after Haspel promised senators during a contentious confirmation hearing that she won't try to revive banned torture techniques if she is confirmed.

Haspel is expected to win "yes"votes from 10 of the committee's 15 members, garnering support from all eight Republicans and two Democrats: Vice Chairman Mark Warner of Virginia, who announced his decision Tuesday, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The full Senate will likely vote on Haspel next week. With announcements Tuesday by Warner and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., that they will support her nomination, Haspel is almost certain to be confirmed.

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