"She has served in some really tough places, high-risk hardship posts, and has performed some extraordinary operations", said former CIA official Henry "Hank" Crumpton, who was Haspel's boss in the agency's National Resources Division.
Another committee Democrat, Senator Martin Heinrich, also called for more transparency, saying: "She as the acting director is the person who can make that happen".
Charging a "lack of transparency", Senator Mark Warner made the request two days before the panel holds a confirmation hearing where Gina Haspel will face questioning about her history with the Central Intelligence Agency program that used interrogation methods denounced as torture.
In private, Haspel has sought to assure lawmakers that she has no plans to renew the so-called enhanced interrogation program.
The official was not authorized to comment publicly and requested anonymity.
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"She's truly a spymaster", said one retired senior intelligence official who knows Haspel well.
If Haspel wins Senate confirmation, her margin of victory will likely be razor thin. Rand Paul of Kentucky are expected to vote for Haspel, but she would need at least one Democrat to be confirmed. In a tweet Monday, Trump said Haspel "has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists". He said "there's a huge amount still to be learned" about Haspel's previous work, which is "a flawless test of what she might face right now".
The CIA itself has conducted an unusual lobbying campaign on Haspel's behalf, reflecting the agency's desire to have an insider in charge rather than risk a political appointee.
Haspel met with Democratic Sens.
Joseph DurbinSenate Dems urge Trump to remain in Iran deal ahead of announcement 'Abstinence only" is the wrong approach to vaping products Message to liberal senators: Don't meddle with the IRS MORE (D-Ill.) is calling into question a push by the CIA to build support for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions unveils "zero tolerance' policy at southern border NY attorney general resigns after allegations of physical abuse Trump Jr. mocks Schneiderman after reports he abused women MORE's pick to lead the intelligence agency. The news was first reported Sunday by The Washington Post. The New York Times reported that the White House has seen newly released documentation including records of chats in the CIA's internal messaging system in which Haspel raises no objections to the CIA's interrogation techniques.
President Donald Trump called for Tester to resign in April over his past opposition to Ronny Jackson's nomination for secretary of veterans affairs. Some lawmakers have read the 6,000-page still-classified report on the detention and interrogation program that the Senate intelligence committee issued in 2014.