GOP pushes for speedy con­fir­ma­tion vote for Haspel

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WASH­ING­TON » Repub­li­cans are push­ing for a speedy con­fir­ma­tion vote as early as to­day after the Se­nate in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee en­dorsed Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s CIA nom­i­nee Gina Haspel to lead the spy agency.

But op­po­nents con­cerned about Haspel’s role in CIA covert de­ten­tion sites after 9/11 could de­lay a vote.

The com­mit­tee voted 10-5 in Haspel’s fa­vor Wed­nes­day, paving the way for her ex­pected con­fir­ma­tion to be­come the first woman to lead the CIA. Repub­li­cans lead­ers in the Se­nate want to hold that vote be­fore the end of the week, but she is op­posed by Repub­li­can Sen. Rand Paul of Ken­tucky and some Democrats who could ob­ject. Haspel’s nom­i­na­tion has re­opened de­bate about the CIA’s now-de­funct pro­gram of de­tain­ing ter­ror sus­pects over­seas at se­cret lock­ups and try­ing to get them to talk by sub­ject­ing them to sleep de­pri­va­tion and other harsh in­ter­ro­ga­tion tech­niques.

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