WASHINGTON  | Confirmation vote for CIA nominee exposes Democratic rift

17May - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



WASHINGTON  | Confirmation vote for CIA nominee exposes Democratic rift

WASHINGTON  — The political schism in the Democratic Party is playing out in the confirmation vote for Gina Haspel as CIA director, as support from red-state senators facing re-election bumps up against a more liberal flank eyeing potential 2020 presidential bids and rejecting the nominee over the agency’s clouded history of torture.

Haspel’s confirmation became all but certain with a favorable 10-5 vote Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Yet the division in the Senate is set in large part by the election calendar, home-state geography and personal views — and it may define Democrats for years to come.

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