The Senate Intelligence Committee is to vote Wednesday at a closed-door session to approve Haspel's nomination and send it to the full Senate.
A handful of Senate Republicans have announced their opposition to Haspel - including Sen.
Cheney, who said he's "not one of those people that calls it torture", added: "I supported it wholeheartedly, I still do to this day".
Donnelly, who had been publicly "undecided" on Haspel, announced his support less than 48 hours after the Elkhart rally. Both Manchin and Donnelly are up for reelection in 2018 and represent states won by President TrumpDonald John TrumpRomney denounces pastor slated to speak at USA embassy in Jerusalem Pentagon finds problems with Kushner-backed health program: report Apple CEO Tim Cook praises Parkland, "Me Too" activists in commencement speech MORE in 2016.
With the Republican Party holding only a 51-49 margin in the Senate, cut to 50-49 in practice because of McCain's long absence due to terminal brain cancer, the shift of even one senator had the potential to torpedo the nomination.
Kennedy, a US Army Special Forces veteran, doesn't believe waterboarding is an act of torture.
None of them objected to what was being done in the name of "national security", nor did any of them inform the public.
"Many people can withstand different types of torture".
A second Democratic senator has announced his support for President Donald Trump's Central Intelligence Agency nominee.
CIA nominee Gina Haspel is seated for a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in Washington. According to Haspel, she categorically against the resumption of this program. They wouldn't tell me when they were going to put the towel on they would just smash it on my face and start pouring.
Much as he did before Pompeo's eventual confirmation, Paul has been digging in ahead of the floor vote on Haspel.
"She, repeatedly, four times, was asked to say whether the waterboarding that happened under her watch by her colleagues, whether it was immoral and unconscionable, she refused to answer", Begg recalled. "And if she condemns torture, then essentially she will be speaking against her president who is essentially saying not only does he believe in torture, but he would do waterboarding a lot more".