Edmonton Journal - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON Gina Haspel, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s nom­i­nee to head the CIA, won the back­ing of the Se­nate in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day, paving the way for her ex­pected con­fir­ma­tion to lead the spy agency.

The panel voted 10-5 to ad­vise the full Se­nate to con­firm Haspel, whose nom­i­na­tion has re­newed de­bate over the harsh in­ter­ro­ga­tion pro­gram the CIA con­ducted on ter­ror sus­pects after 9-11. Haspel, who su­per­vised a CIA de­ten­tion site in Thai­land in 2002, has told Congress that the agency shouldn’t have used those harsh tac­tics and has vowed not to restart them.

The com­mit­tee re­leased the re­sult of the vote, con­ducted in closed ses­sion, with­out giv­ing fur­ther de­tails. How­ever, all eight Repub­li­cans and two of the seven Democrats on the panel ear­lier ex­pressed sup­port for Haspel. The re­main­ing five Democrats had an­nounced their op­po­si­tion.

The con­fir­ma­tion vote by the full Se­nate could oc­cur be­fore the end of the week.

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