CIA nominee offered to withdraw over interrogation program

Posted May 07, 2018

There is a reason for that. Her confirmation hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Haspel's last-minute second-guessing of whether to maintain her bid is indicative of the uphill climb her nomination faces in Congress. "There is a hearing prep session today, courtesy calls with senators Monday and Tuesday, and classified materials will be delivered to Senate security so senators can read the real record instead of relying on gossip and unfounded smears", the official said.

- With few details about Gina Haspel's undercover career, debate over President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA descended into verbal spatting between those who praise her experience and others who want her disqualified because of her role in the spy agency's harsh interrogation of terror subjects after 9/11. In late 2005, she played a part in a decision to destroy videotapes documenting the interrogation of both Qaeda operatives in the Thailand facility.

Since May 3, the White House has been releasing many positive testimonials of Haspel, according to CBS News. For one, it appears that Haspel was an "enthusiastic supporter" of the controversial waterboarding program, which casts her in a negative light.

Senator Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican, additionally expressed reservations concerning Mr. Pompeo, nevertheless he eventually relented, and the Senate confirmed him with a vote of 57 to 42. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is undergoing treatment for a rare form of brain cancer.

In addition, the Central Intelligence Agency has sent materials to the Senate, some classified, that the lawmakers can read to better understand not only her work in the Counterterrorism Center, which oversaw the harsh interrogation program, but also other aspects of her 33-year career, including more than 30 years undercover. The legislative director referenced Jackson's brief reckoning with an array of allegations that he had a drinking problem, overprescribed medicine and fostered a hostile work environment within the White House medical unit.

Also backing Haspel's nomination recently was former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, during an appearance last week on "Fox and Friends".

A livelihood veteran of this agency, Ms. Haspel informed White House officers she had been stressed less about her own reputation than on the prospective harm to this C.I.A.by the bruising confirmation battle.

These comments come after it was said that she wanted to withdraw her name to avoid bringing damage to the CIA's reputation, as reported the New York Times.

Meanwhile, the pieces of information that are known about Haspel are disturbing to those who oppose torture.