Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA's first female director

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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence offered their congratulations on Twitter, while some senators quickly made clear which side they were on, revealing their votes.

Since Trump nominated Haspel, her confirmation has been clouded by debate over the CIA's former interrogation program.

Just as President Barack Obama's administration did not have the will to oppose torture and back the prosecution of individuals involved in Central Intelligence Agency torture, the Democratic Party did not want to spend political capital on ensuring Haspel was never confirmed.

During her illustrious career in the CIA, Haspel has worked in various capacities and has been stationed clandestinely overseas including her stint in Africa, wherein in the 80s she assisted Mother Teresa in humanitarian assistance.

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. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, and Sen.

"While I thank Ms. Haspel for her long and dedicated service to the CIA, as a country we need to turn the page on the unfortunate chapter in the agency's history having to do with torture", Flake declared.

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The Senate Intelligence Committee has sent the nomination to the full Senate by a 10-5 vote, and her confirmation seems all but certain. In that, she joined Democratic Sens.

Republican Senator John McCain, who is undergoing cancer treatment outside of Washington, did not vote.

Three Republicans opposed her: Sen. Her involvement in ordering the destruction, in 2005, of 92 videotapes - some of which documented the interrogations - while serving as chief of staff to then-Director of the clandestine service Jose Rodriguez was also roundly criticized. Most senators asked about them only in written questions after her confirmation hearing.

"I believe she is someone who can and will stand up to the president if ordered to do something illegal or immoral - like a return to torture", Warner said in a statement. She said Haspel hasn't still fully acknowledged that torture is wrong.

Ahead of voting, McConnell said Haspel "demonstrated candor, integrity, and a forthright approach" throughout the confirmation process and "has quietly earned the respect and admiration" of intelligence community leaders at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and overseas.

"I think she's a particularly disastrous choice, being one of the principal actors" in the torture program of the Bush administration, Alberto Mora, the former general counsel for the US Navy and a senior fellow at the Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, told Al Jazeera.

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