The constructive assessment units her up for a closing vote earlier than the total Senate within the coming days.
Haspel, now the CIA's deputy director, has come under fire from Democrats over her role in the agency's post-9/11 era interrogation and detention practice. "I believe she is the most qualified candidate for the job and she has promised that, under her leadership, the Central Intelligence Agency won't go down that controversial road again".
The committee voted 10-5 to recommend Haspel, setting up a vote on the Senate floor as soon as this week.
The CIA declassified a review that found "no fault with the performance" of Haspel in the destruction of the videotape evidence, which could help clear the air for senators who are troubled by her involvement in the matter. Five Democrats said they were going to vote no.
Mark Warner, offered a surprising thumbs-up on Tuesday after Haspel, the spy agency's acting director, put in writing her belief that the CIA should never have engaged in "enhanced interrogation" techniques - now widely regarded as forms of torture.
But she would not say that torture is immoral.
What's prevented her from being a shoo-in for the top job is her role at the center of one of the federal government's most sickening and indefensible programs, a brutal interrogation regime that used torture against terrorism suspects after the September 11 attacks.
"As Director of the CIA, Gina Haspel will be the first operations officer in more than five decades to lead the Agency".
Tortured himself while a prisoner of war in Vietnam, McCain cited Haspel's role in the interrogation program, saying the country should only use methods to keep itself safe that are "as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world."Besides Warner, at least four other Democrats, all up for re-election this year in states that backed Trump in 2016, have expressed support for Haspel".
Bolstering the comments she made during her hearing, Haspel wrote, "I do not support use of enhanced interrogation techniques for any goal".
Committee chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, quietly nudged Democrats to support her. The only Senate Republicans who are not expected to vote for her are Kentucky's Rand Paul and Arizona's John McCain, who is battling cancer.
Attention now turns to the vote by the full Senate, which has not yet been scheduled. She testified that they were destroyed on the order of her supervisor at the time, Jose Rodriguez, and that she was not on the tapes.
The United States, Eviatar added, "has not held any officials accountable for the use of torture, so it's even more outrageous that the government is considering someone to the chief intelligence position in spite of her alleged participation in that clearly illegal and immoral activity".
While an executive summary of the report was provided to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee during their deliberations on whether to advance Haspel's nomination, the full report remains classified.