May 9, 2018 / 7:26 PM / 2 months ago

Democratic Senator Manchin will back Trump CIA nominee Haspel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin said in a statement on Wednesday he would back President Donald Trump’s pick to be CIA director, Gina Haspel, becoming the first Democrat to support her nomination.

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Support from Manchin, a moderate who often votes with Republicans, is a huge boost for Haspel’s chances at winning the majority of votes needed to be confirmed in the full Senate, where Trump’s Republicans control just a 51-49 seat majority.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Peter Cooney

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