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CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel Clears Senate Intel Panel

Gina Haspel, who has been closely scrutinized for weeks about her role in the CIA’s post-9/11 “enhanced interrogation” program, cleared the Senate Intelligence Committee in a 10-5 vote Wednesday morning. Haspel won the vote of some Senate Intel Democrats, including Virginia’s Mark Warner after she sent a letter Tuesday saying the agency should have never “undertaken” the torture program. Haspel oversaw a CIA black site prison in Thailand that used torture techniques on an al Qaeda detainee, and had a role in the destruction of recordings of the activities there.