Haspel told senators that she would not, under any circumstances, restart an interrogation program at the CIA and that the agency was ill prepared to handle a detention and interrogation program during that period.
The 100-member Senate is controlled by Republicans, who hold 51 of its seats. "I was not on the sidelines, I was on the frontlines in the Cold War and I was on the frontlines in the fight against Al Qaeda", she said in response to a question from Sen.
"Zubayadah alone was waterboarded 83 times in a single month, had his head repeatedly slammed into walls and endured other harsh methods before interrogators decided he had no useful information to provide", The Times reported.
Haspel now has more than enough support to win confirmation, as Warner was one of three Democrats to announce Tuesday that they were voting for her, bringing the total to five.
"The widespread support Haspel has within the Central Intelligence Agency and amongst top national security leaders speaks to her integrity and ability", Sen.
Yesterday, she was confirmed by the Senate Intelligence Committee in a 10-5 vote.
While Haspel was opposed by many Democrats, her years of service included time working with senior officials of President Barack Obama's administration. Of those six Democrats, four have said they are voting for Haspel, Sen.
"Gina Haspel is the most qualified person the President could choose to lead the CIA and the most prepared nominee in the 70-year history of the Agency", Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said in a statement following the committee's vote.
"Out of the spotlight, whether at Langley and deployed overseas, Ms. Haspel has quietly earned the respect and admiration of those who matter most - the men and women of the CIA, and distinguished current and former intelligence community leaders", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Republican John McCain was absent.
But Democrat Ron Wyden, one of the most strident opponents of the torture program, said he still has "grave concerns" about her suitability, rooted in still-classified matters that Haspel and the agency refused to make public. Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida.
Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, which oversaw the nomination, supported Ms Haspel. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Sen. She has been serving as acting director.
Veteran intelligence officials praised Trump's decision to name Haspel deputy director in February 2017, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. In a speech on the Senate floor, Warner said that Haspel is "someone who can and will stand up to the President, who will speak truth to power if this President orders her to do something illegal or immoral-like a return to torture".