The pathetic push to torpedo Gina Haspel

07 May, 2018, 10:43 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • CIA Director-nominee Gina Haspel attends the ceremonial swearing in for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department in Washington

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, offered to withdraw her nomination amid concerns that a debate over a harsh interrogation program would tarnish her reputation and that of the CIA. Most Democrats have mentioned she should be disqualified since she was the very chief of foundation at a covert detention site in Thailand where by two terrorism suspects had been subjected to waterboarding, a procedure which simulates drowning.

For Haspel, stepping down as the nominee would have meant that she would not have to attend the confirmation hearing. She's not withdrawing her nomination. "Those who know the true Gina Haspel - who worked with her, who served with her, who helped her confront terrorism, Russian Federation and countless other threats to our nation - they nearly uniformly support her".

Many details of Haspel's work remain classified.

Haspel, who serves as the CIA's deputy director and has spent 33 years in the agency, most of it undercover, faces some opposition in Congress because of her connection to the interrogation program, which was set up after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

She reportedly told White House aides she would be willing to withdraw to avoid a grueling Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Wednesday that would damage the already compromised reputation of the CIA.

"There has been a fascinating phenomenon over the last few weeks".

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A career veteran of the agency, Ms. Haspel told White House officials that she was anxious less about her own reputation than about the potential damage to the C.I.A. from a bruising confirmation battle.

Those that understand the true Gina Haspel - who worked, who served with her, " who assisted her confront terrorism, Russian Federation and several other threats to our nation - that they nearly certainly support her.

Haspel feared becoming "the next Ronny Jackson", the White House physician who withdrew his nomination as Veterans Affairs secretary amid questions about alleged misconduct on the job, one official told the Post.

But by Saturday, according to the Post's sources, Haspel agreed to stick with the nomination.

However, the other hand are bands such as the American Civil Liberties Union, which says she should've stood from the interrogation practices afterward.



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