Sarah Sanders says Democrats who support women, don't vote for new CIA director are 'hypocrites'

Gina Haspel will be on Capitol Hill this week for confirmation hearings.

Sanders said any Democrats who "claims to support women’s empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite."

Haspel is currently the agency's deputy director.

She is well-regarded within the agency, but confirmation hearings slated to begin this week are likely to focus attention on her reported role in the CIA's "black sites" -- the overseas prisons the agency used to hold top al Qaeda terrorists.

Her role in so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" at the facility is unclear.

"To promote someone so heavily involved in the torture program to the top position at the CIA, the agency responsible for one of the darkest chapters in our history, is a move that I’m very wary of," Feinstein said in a statement, reversing an endorsement of Haspel directly following Trump's announcement on March 13. "Her experience may have served her well as deputy, but the top position is another matter entirely."

Sanders has faced some of the heaviest criticism of her tenure as press secretary this week. Sanders struggled to explain a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, saying Thursday, "We give the very best information that we have at the time."

ABC News' Luis Martinez contributed to this report.