In a statement released today, North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp said she will vote in favor to confirm Gina Haspel as the new CIA Director.
“It is particularly important that the Director of the CIA puts the mission of the agency and our country’s security far above partisan politics and that the director be highly respected by agency rank and file,” Heitkamp said. “After meeting her and talking with former leaders in our intelligence community, I have concluded that Gina Haspel meets these standards. I am therefore planning to vote to confirm her as Director of CIA.”
Heitkamp, however, remains concerned about Haspel’s role years ago in the use of torture by the agency during interrogations.
“Ms. Haspel explained to me that the agency should not have employed such tactics in the past and has assured me that it will not do so in the future,” Heitkamp said. “While I trust her word, I will also verify, helping to ensure Congress conducts robust oversight of the CIA under her leadership.”