One such exchange was with Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent who caucuses with the Democrats. He came away unconvinced by some of Haspel’s testimony.
But that doesn’t mean the current acting director of the agency is out of the woods yet, since the hearing’s open session at times generated more questions than it answered.
“After meeting with Gina Haspel, discussing her extensive experience as a CIA agent, and considering her time as Acting Director, I will vote to confirm her to be our next CIA Director. I have found Gina Haspel to be a person of great character,” Manchin said in a statement.
Nothing Gina Haspel said during the open portion of her Senate confirmation hearing seemed likely to derail her nomination to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, and she picked up some needed Democratic support along the way.
Gina Haspel, nominee to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is sworn in before testifying during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)