Ms. Gina Haspel (Source: washingtontimes.com)

The Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 to forward her nomination to lead the US spy agency to the entire Senate, virtually assuring final approval of her nomination.

“Gina Haspel is the most qualified person the president could choose to lead the CIA and the most prepared nominee in the 70 years history of the agency,” said Committee Chairman Richard Burr.

He added, "She has acted morally, ethically, and legally, over a distinguished 30-year career and is the right person to lead the Agency into an uncertain and challenging future.  I'm pleased to see the Committee favorably report her nomination to the full Senate, and I look forward to her swift confirmation."

Ms, Gina Haspel, born in 1956, is an  intelligence officer currently serving as the Acting Director of the CIA since April 26th, 2018, while still holding the official title of Deputy Director.

Earlier, she became Acting Director following Mr. Mike Pompeo’s resignation to become US Secretary of State, and has been nominated by President Donald Trump to become the official CIA Director./.

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