Trump praises CIA pick Haspel after Senate hearing

Trump praises CIA pick Haspel after Senate hearing
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President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE praised Gina Haspel, his pick to lead the CIA, on Wednesday following her nearly three-hour Senate confirmation hearing earlier that day.

“Gina Haspel did a spectacular job today. There is nobody even close to run the CIA!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Haspel faced sharp criticism from Democrats in her hearing, including numerous questions over her role in an enhanced interrogation program and her decision in 2005 to destroy tapes documenting interrogations.

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Still, Haspel seemed to have no major issues during a largely steady hearing. She promising not to restart interrogation programs if confirmed to lead the agency. 

Once again breaking with Trump, Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' Democrats seek to counter GOP attacks on gas prices Biden nominates Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey MORE (R-Ariz.) came out against Haspel after the hearing, calling on the Senate to reject her nomination for failing to explain her role in the interrogation program.

McCain is recovering from brain cancer in Arizona and is not expected to be in Washington for Haspel’s confirmation vote. With Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOnly two people cited by TSA for mask violations have agreed to pay fine Senators reach billion deal on emergency Capitol security bill GOP Rep. Cawthorn says he wants to 'prosecute' Fauci MORE (R-Ky.) also opposing her nomination, she cannot afford to lose any Republican support.

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSenate votes to take up infrastructure deal GOP, Democrats battle over masks in House, Senate Sinema says she opposes .5T price tag for spending bill MORE (D-W.V.) became the first red-state Democrat Wednesday to say he would vote for Haspel. She needed to secure approval from at least one Democratic senator to secure the necessary 50 votes, assuming every other GOP senator votes "yes" to confirm her.