Burlingame said if Haspel is not approved, it will lead to further "politicization" of the CIA and intelligence agencies, which she sees as a factor in authorities failing to connect the dots before 9/11. "It's incredible to watch the media disparage and attack women of real substance while they laud a woman who spends most of her time hanging off a pole half or completely naked".
Robert Ford, a former USA ambassador to Syria, said confirming Haspel could undercut US efforts to promote human rights because she'll always be identified with the enhanced interrogation program.
The letter asks Coats to "consider whether the CIA's efforts to promote this nomination are in keeping with the best interests of the intelligence community, and whether additional steps are warranted to review the public affairs postures of each component of the intelligence community".
Haspel testifies Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee for her confirmation hearing. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
"If Barack Obama had nominated her when he was president, she would have sailed through without question", attorney Debra Burlingame said on "Fox & Friends".
In a bid to boost her standing ahead of the Senate confirmation hearings, Trump sent out a tweet that celebrated rather than downplayed Haspel's role in the "enhanced interrogation" programme that included waterboarding - the simulated drowning of detainees.
With dozens of Democrats saying they will vote against her, support from Maine's senators could be pivotal.
Daniels is embroiled in several lawsuits with President Trump after being paid hush money by Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, to stay silent about an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2011. "I find it just unbelievable that anyone would consider having this woman at the head of the CIA", Paul said in March. "This can be a lady who has been a pacesetter wherever she has gone".
Yet there is something naïve about the Democrats' opposition to Haspel.
During the phone call, Trump dismissed concerns about Haspel's role in past interrogations of suspected terrorists and voiced support for her nomination, a separate source said.
Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Washington.
Following the publishing of the Post report, Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah echoed Sanders' praise of Haspel.
The top US Senate Intelligence Committee Democrat urged President Donald Trump's pick for CIA director on Monday to declassify more records of her work as a top official at the agency, including any possible involvement in its interrogation program. Jackson eventually withdrew his name for nomination and the White House has yet to name a nominee to lead the VA. Senate Democrats have charged that they were "disturbed" by the classified information they were reading about Haspel.
The White House is pressuring lawmakers to confirm Ms Haspel.