CIA Nominee Wins Panel Endorsement, Clearing Way for Confirmation

WASHINGTON—The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday recommended Gina Haspel as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, clearing the path for her confirmation by the full Senate.

The intelligence committee approved in a 10-5 vote to advance Ms. Haspel’s nomination to be the first woman to lead the agency, forwarding it to the full Senate. Republican leaders in the Senate are hoping to confirm her this week, though the vote could slip into next week. She has the support of at least five Democrats, all but…