Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly announced Saturday that he would vote to confirm Gina Haspel as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, virtually assuring that her nomination will be confirmed by the Senate when it is brought to a vote sometime in the next two weeks.
Cheney still doesn't consider waterboarding illegal or torture.
"Both the Committee and the Agency shared the goal of obtaining the critical intelligence needed to thwart another attack", Haspel wrote.
In a letter sent on Monday to Sen. "I also respect my colleagues who have made a different decision", Warner said in a statement on Tuesday, acknowledging that his endorsement was a "difficult decision" and citing "valid questions" raised throughout the process about Haspel's history.
Despite criticism of her nomination - including from Republican Senators Rand Paul and John McCain - because of her past ties to the CIA's former rendition, detention and interrogation activities, Haspel is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate as soon as next week.
President Donald Trump's nominee to head the CIA now says the agency's "enhanced interrogation" program was a mistake and that the techniques critics call torture hurt the agency. "The United States must be an example to the rest of the world, and I support that".
Haspel had assured senators last week at her confirmation hearing that in hindsight, methods such as waterboarding - viewed as torture by critics - harmed America's image in the world, and she would not restart the program. At the time Haspel led a secret prison in Thailand, where during interrogation, the two suspected of terrorism were subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding.
Three years later, she drafted a cable ordering the destruction of videotapes of those interrogations.
The letter comes ahead of Wednesday's committee vote on her nomination ― which she is expected to clear, thanks to the support of at least one Democrat ― Sen.
~ On the nomination of Gina Haspel to be CIA Director ~. Rodriguez has said publicly that Haspel knew he meant to take the matter into his own hands and issue the order, because he believed he had the authority to do so.