Gina Haspel writes a new chapter in history of CIA


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday to be director of the CIA , ending a bruising confirmation fight centered on her ties to the spy agency's past use of waterboarding and other brutal interrogation techniques.

Haspel made history as she became the first woman ever to lead the CIA , is a 33-year veteran at the agency currently serving as its acting director.

The tally was 54-45 in favor of her nomination in the 100-member chamber, where a simple majority was required for confirmation.

Six Democrats joined President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans in voting for Haspel, and two Republicans voted no.