The focal point of the week on Capitol Hill kicked off Wednesday with a series of arrests. The confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee for Gina Haspel to be director of the CIA drew attention from anti-torture protesters and members on both sides of the aisle.
As a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency,
Haspel’s involvement in post-9/11 “enhanced interrogation” tactics has been at the center of the controversy over her nomination.
Here’s the hearing in photos:
Haspel arrives for her confirmation hearing in Hart Building. Seated next to her are former Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., left, and Evan Bayh, D-Ind., who introduced her. Standing are Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and ranking member Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) A CodePink protester is arrested by Capitol Police before the start of the confirmation hearing for Haspel. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) CodePink protester Tighe Barry, under arrest, yells “no torture” as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., arrives via a back hallway for the Haspel confirmation hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Burr and Warner arrive for the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing for Haspel. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) From left, Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Marc Short, White House legislative affairs director, arrive for the hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Burr and Warner. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)