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Haspel's hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee comes just
days after the nominee offered to bow out to avoid discussing in a
public setting her role in the agency’s enhanced interrogation program,
which many have likened to torture. Haspel’s answers and overall
performance could make or break her bid for the Cabinet post.
members are bitterly divided over their assessment of Haspel, with some
— mostly Republicans — praising her record as a career operative, the
support she has from CIA rank-and-file, and the fact that, if confirmed,
she would become the first woman to run the agency. Others — mostly
Democrats — have criticized Haspel, particularly over her role in the
interrogation program implemented after Sept. 11, 2001, and for refusing
to declassify documents related to her tenure at the agency. Watch the live hearing scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern on Capitol Hill.