Senate Intelligence Committee Approves Gina Haspel

UPDATE 5/17/18

Gina Haspel has been confirmed by the Senate as the first woman to lead the CIA on a vote of 54-45.

President Trump tweeted his congratulations



Gina Haspel, President Trump’s CIA nominee received the recommendation of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which will now be sent to the Senate floor for a vote. If confirmed, she would be the first woman to to lead the agency. This is women empowerment! Funny how many of the left don’t want to support her.

The committee voted 10-5 to recommend her

Votes Were

Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) Yes
Mark Warner (D-Virginia) Yes
James Risch (R-Idaho) Yes
Marco Rubio (R-Florida) Yes
Susan Collins (R-Maine) Yes
Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) Yes
James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) Yes
Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) Yes
John Cornyn (R-Texas) Yes
Dianne Feinstein (D-California) No
Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) No
Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) No
Angus King (D-Maine) No
Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) Yes
Kamala Harris (D-California) No

Two Republicans, Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, are opposed to Haspel’s nomination

Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the Republican chairman of the committee had said,

“Haspel is the most qualified person the president could choose to lead the CIA and the most-prepared nominee in the 70-year history of the agency. She has acted morally, ethically and legally over a distinguished 30-year career and is the right person to lead the agency into an uncertain and challenging future,”

Who Is Gina Haspel

  • A career intelligence officer, having joined the CIA in 1985
  • She has extensive overseas experience and served as Chief of Station in several of her assignments
  • In Washington, she has held numerous senior leadership positions
    • Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service
    • Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Foreign Intelligence and Covert Action
    • Chief of Staff for the Director of the National Clandestine Service.
  • She was sworn in as the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on February 7, 2017.
  • In this position, she assists the D/CIA in managing intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence, and liaison relationships with foreign services.

Throughout her years of service she had received many awards

  • George H. W. Bush Award for excellence in counterterrorism
  • The Donovan Award
  • The Intelligence Medal of Merit
  • The Presidential Rank Award, the most prestigious award in the federal civil service.


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