Sen. Joe Manchin announced Wednesday he’ll vote for Gina Haspel to be the next CIA director, the first Democratic senator to do so publicly since she testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“I have found Gina Haspel to be a person of great character,” Manchin said in a statement. “Over her 33 year career as a CIA operations officer, she has worked in some of the most dangerous corners of our world and I have the utmost respect for the sacrifices she has made for our country. She has earned the trust of her colleagues in the intelligence community and her intellect, steady temperament, vast knowledge of threats we face, and dedication to our country are undeniable. These attributes make her supremely qualified to serve as our next CIA Director.”