Gina Haspel was confirmed by the Senate Thursday as the first woman to lead the Central intelligence Agency. She became acting director following Director Mike Pompeo’s resignation when he was appointed U.S. Secretary of State. Haspel has been with the CIA since 1985.
The 54-45 vote included six Democrats who joined most Republicans in support of Haspel. U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly, (D-IN); Heidi Heitkamp, (D-ND); Joe Manchin, (D-WV); Bill Nelson, (D-FL); Jeanne Shaheen, (D-NH); and Mark Warner,(D-VA) all voted for Haspel’s confirmation.
Though he was unable to vote due to late stage brain cancer, John McCain’s negative influence was front and center as his eager to please toady Jeff Flake (AZ) did his bidding, joining the Democrat majority in voting in opposition to Haspel. As a lame duck until the November election. the aptly name Flake is unaccountable to a constituent base.
Check out the Senate roll call vote on the confirmation of Gina Haspel as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Flake voted in tandem with one other Libertarian-leaning Republican defector, Rand Paul (KY). Paul sent this letter (obtained by Politico) to Haspel, in which he asked for specifics regarding the CIA using surveillance to spy on candidate Donald Trump. Don’t mistake Paul’s defection as support of the president. Paul previously stated his intention to oppose President Donald Trump’s nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state but later switched his position, joining the majority in the 57-42 confirmation vote. Six Democrats voted to confirm Pompeo. McCain, suffering from advanced brain cancer has not been in D.C. for months.
Flake’s petulant animosity is aimed at President Trump. The exceedingly capable nominees who deserve confirmation are collateral damage. As an example, Pompeo served three terms in Congress, where he was a member of the House Intelligence Committee. He graduated first in his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point and received a law degree from Harvard, where he was an editor of the law review. He also founded and ran several private aerospace businesses prior to entering Congress.
Both McCain and Flake loudly proclaimed that neither they nor their families would vote for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who swept the country without them in 2016. Flake’s incessant ranting led to his dismal 18% approval rating in Arizona, causing him to opt out of running for reelection in an effort to avoid a humiliating defeat. Watch for him to show up as a collaborating talking head on a left-wing network.