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"I'm happy to see the Committee favorably report her nomination to the total Senate, and I stay up for her swift affirmation".

It called for a tough, skilled intelligence agent and that's what Haspel has become during her lengthy and distinguished CIA service in both the Cold War and the Global War on Terror. In comments aimed at clarifying her position on now-banned torture techniques, Haspel said she would "refuse to undertake any proposed activity that is contrary to my moral and ethical values".

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Haspel has served as acting director of the intelligence-gathering agency after former Director Mike Pompeo was appointed as secretary of state last month.

"I appreciate the commitment of Ms. Haspel and her colleagues to the service and defense of our nation, and I do not doubt the skills and expertise she has gained during her long career in the Central Intelligence Agency".

"You have to not only earn our trust", Warner said, noting that the members of the committee have greater access to her work history.

Two Senate Democrats came forward during the appointment process in support of Haspel - Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he would not vote for her.

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After a lifetime spent in the clandestine service, nearly nothing was known about Haspel, even what she looked like, until a sketchy official biography and a few photographs were released in the last two months. She joined the CIA in 1985 and has held a collection of high-ranking positions on the intelligence company all through her prolonged profession, together with senior management positions inside the company's Nationwide Clandestine Service, which oversees the company's spy operations overseas and its most covert operations packages. 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.

"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 explaining his decision to vote for her.

But the Democrats backing Haspel have pointed to her endorsement from a wide range of former intelligence officials, including top Obama administration officials, as well as an acknowledgment in a Tuesday letter that she believed the interrogation program was damaging and shouldn't have been conducted, something she didn't say at her public hearing.

"In refusing to denounce torture, Haspel is effectively signaling she does not recognise the constraints of the law, which prohibits waterboarding and other forms of cruelty", Sarah Dougherty, senior fellow of the group, said in a statement. She requested a transfer to the CIA's Counterterrorism Center in 2001 where she started September 11 of that year, according to the Trump administration. Mark Warner of Virginia, said Haspel would be a strong advocate for the agency's rank-and-file and an "independent voice who can and will stand up on behalf of our nation's intelligence community".

Democrats opposing her nomination specifically cited her role in what they claim amounts to torture.

At present serving because the company's deputy director, Haspel is well-regarded inside the company.