White House expecting 'close' vote for CIA pick

The Hill: The White House is bracing for a heated fight over CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel’s nomination to lead the agency, as she prepares to head to Capitol Hill next week.

“I think that unfortunately in this environment we accept that every vote is close. ... It’s just the dynamic we face,” Marc Short, the director of legislative affairs, told reporters during a conference call.

He added that he hoped some Democrats would be “courageous enough” to support Haspel despite engrained opposition from progressives and allied outside groups.

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