Gina Haspel approved for the position of CIA Director

It will become the first woman to head the secret service

The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved the nomination of Gina has Haspel for the post of CIA Director. During the voting it was supported by 54 lawmakers to 45 against.

Gina Haspel served in the CIA for 33 years, including holding various positions in residencies in Russia and Azerbaijan. In recent years she held the post of Deputy Director of intelligence. After the appointment has Haspel will become the first woman in U.S. history to lead the intelligence service.

The majority of Democrats who opposed the approval of its nominations, joined by Republican senators Rand Paul and Jeff Flake. Senator John McCain, who experienced torture and abuse while in a Vietnamese prisoner of war, on the eve of the vote, urged to reject the nomination was Haspel because of its participation in the CIA program’s use of excessively harsh methods of interrogation. McCain, ongoing treatment for cancer in Arizona, was not present for the vote.

However, several democratic senators – including the Deputy head of the intelligence Committee, mark Warner, Jean Divinity, Joe Manchin and some others – were in favor of approval of the candidature Haspel.

Her nomination was proposed by President Ronald trump. Jin Haspel will be succeeded as Director of the CIA Mike Pompeo, who headed the U.S. State Department.