Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee for CIA director, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee this morning at her confirmation hearing.
She needs votes from Democratic and Republican senators to be confirmed as the next CIA director.
That could be a challenge for Haspel since Democrats argued that the public should know more about her record.
Still, many Democrats have signaled they would wait for the hearing before weighing in on whether they'll support Haspel -- at least publicly.
Some Democrats are now talking. Here's what they're thinking:
- Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, said Haspel did a “great job” and has some more questions in closed session. Manchin is a key swing vote.
- Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, said that he needs her to clarify her role over the destruction of tapes in closed session. He said she has make a case "to earn the public’s trust."
- Sen. Dianna Feinstein, a Democrat from California, expressed concerns with her answers. "It’s very mixed in my view. Part of the problem is you have to be prepared if you’re given an order. Now, to the best of my knowledge, torture was never legal," she said.