The Senate confirmed the first member of the President’s Cabinet, Joe Biden, approving the appointment of Avril Haynes as director of national intelligence.
Haynes became the first woman to lead the US intelligence community.
In a vote on Wednesday evening, her candidacy was approved by 84 votes in favor, 10 against.
Haynes’s claim was in question for most of the day after Republican Senator Tom Cotton spoke out against, demanding that she provide information on the CIA’s interrogation program under the George W. Bush administration.
Haynes responded to a written question on Wednesday, and Cotton withdrew his objections.