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Missouri Senators Split Over CIA Director Confirmation

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      Missouri's senators have split over confirming the new CIA director.

     Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill voted against confirmation -- questioning whether Gina Haspel would oppose policies violating "our country's moral compass."   McCaskill joined with those concerned about Haspel's involvement in the spy agency's harsh detention and interrogation program.

       Republican Senator Roy Blunt said Thursday after the Senate's confirmation of Haspel that she is the right choice.  Blunt said Haspel has demonstrated leadership and professionalism throughout her 33-year career.

    Haspel's nomination as the nation's first female CIA director was confirmed by a vote of 54-45.
    It was the closest vote for a CIA nominee in nearly seven decades.

    Most GOP senators and six Democrats supported Haspel.  Most Democrats and two Republicans opposed the nomination.
    
    

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