The US Senate may vote on the nomination of Gina Haspel as the next CIA Director before the Memorial Day break.
Haspel appears to have a lock on confirmation, with a vote in the Intelligence Committee expected for Wednesday.
Haspel - who would replace now-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the role - has gotten support from lawmakers on the left.
The Justice Department has provided to the Intelligence Committee the executive summary of a classified report by Durham laying out his factual findings and legal analysis, and several senators of both parties have asked the department to make that available to the full Senate as well.
Haspel testified at a Senate hearing that torture does not work as an interrogation technique and that as director her strong "moral compass" would ensure she did not carry out any administrative directive she found objectionable.
Haspel wrote that she has "learned the hard lessons since 9/11". "With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken". Her written comments went farther than ones she made at her confirmation hearing. With a 51-49 Republican majority - and one of the GOP no votes, Sen.
Senators on the Senate Intelligence Committee will likely vote on Wednesday to advance Gina Haspel's nomination, despite questions about her time overseeing a black site where a detainee was tortured and about her role in destroying evidence of torture years later.
Most Republicans are expected to back her.
"Ms. Haspel's involvement in torture is deeply troubling, as my friend and colleague, John McCain, so eloquently reminded us". Joe Manchin (WV) and Joe Donnelly (IN). "I don't fault her anymore than I would fault [former Central Intelligence Agency director John] Brennan or anyone else who did their job in good faith". It was President Obama who decided that John Brennan, Jose Rodriguez, Gina Haspel and others involved in the torture program should not face prosecution. The other two are Sens.
Under a tough grilling last week, Haspel pledged she would not restart the waterboarding program, even if pressured by President Trump - who has supported bringing back waterboarding or something worse.