Trump nominated Haspel as the first woman to lead the CIA in March, and the election was controversial from the start. According to a White House official, there was always a degree of concern that Reel was in trouble, based on her previous work for the agency and the public controversy that inspired her. But this official said that they still believe that they will be confirmed.
Trump tried to get support in a Monday tweet for Reel before the confirmation hearing this week, calling her "highly respected" and saying she was "under attack because she was too harsh against terrorists."
Haspel's 33-year CIA career is controversial for a variety of reasons. She oversaw a CIA Black site in Thailand in 2002, where she was subjected to harsh interrogation even though she was not there when Al-Qaeda suspected that Abu Zubaydah was covered with water at least 83 times. She was also chief of staff of the Director of National Intelligence, Jose Rodriguez, in 2005, when the CIA interrogation tapes were destroyed. Rodriguez wrote in his memoirs that he asked Reel to prepare a cable that gave permission to destroy the tapes, though he made the decision.
National security officials say they still believe that they can survive a Senate confirmation hearing ̵
"The reason you see emergency planning is not a lack of confidence in Gina, but because they see the Democrat band together … they are worried that they are not" we will get the votes " A former national security source familiar with conversations on Capitol Hill said
Many believe that Haspel's approval of Democratic Sens, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mark Warner of Virginia, will depend on GOP Sens. Susan Collins Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky Paul left at the last minute last minute and voted for Mike Pompeo to become foreign minister but it is unclear whether he will do the same for Reel Collins, Manchin and Warner did not say formally How they would vote on Reel.
CNN's Pamela Brown, Barbara Starr and Jim Sciutto have contributed to this report.