She was nominated after former CIA Director, Mike Pompeo, was selected by President Trump to fill the Secretary of State position left open by Rex Tillerson. Haspel now has more than enough support to win confirmation, as Warner was one of three Democrats to announce Tuesday that they were voting for her, bringing the total to five.
During the confirmation process, she was criticized for her ties to the agency's use of harsh interrogation techniques.
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.
But Haspel was able to win support from more than enough lawmakers from the left, after appeasing some by assuring Senator Warner in a letter on Tuesday that "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".
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Tortured himself while a prisoner of war in Vietnam, McCain said approving Haspel would send the wrong message, and the country should keep itself safe only through methods "as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world".
McCaskill, who met privately with Haspel on Monday, did not announce her intentions until she voted.
But several Democrats expressed worry that Haspel might not stand up to the president who in 2016 told supporters that "torture works" and that he would like to see interrogation techniques "tougher than waterboarding".
According to CNN, she sent a letter to Senator Warner expressing her regret on how interrogation and detention practices were used in the wake of post 9/11 Central Intelligence Agency operations across the world. "While I respect Ms. Haspel's service and sacrifice, after meeting with her and reviewing classified documents, I do not think she is that person". Yet, she did not vote for Haspel. Haspel danced around those queries by saying she would not restart the program and that she supports the current "stricter moral standard" after Congress changed the law. Jeanne Shaheen (NH), and Senate Intelligence Committee vice-chair Sen. "I look forward to working with her as she helps advance and protect Americas national security interests from the daily threats we face", he said.
During Haspel's confirmation hearing, she maintained the videotapes had to be destroyed to protect the safety of officers who appeared in the footage.