May 15, 2018

Trump’s CIA nominee starts to stack up Democratic support

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Sen. Mark Warner, Democratic vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced today he will vote in favor of confirming Gina Haspel as CIA director, the Washington Post reports. He joins a growing list of Senate Democrats voicing support for Trump's pick including, Heidi Heitkamp who announced her support today, and Joe Manchin, who announced his support last week.

Why it matters: This all but assures Haspel's confirmation. Warner announced his decision after receiving a letter from Haspel today, in which she said the CIA should never have used its "enhanced interrogation" program.

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