Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Central Intelligence Agency nominee offered to Draw above interrogation program

Central Intelligence Agency nominee offered to Draw above interrogation program

According to the Washington Post, Haspel spent part of the weekend deciding whether to withdraw as successor to Mike Pompeo after the questioning. That was when she said she would step aside to avoid a senate intelligence committee confirmation hearing on Wednesday that could damage the CIA, the officials said.

White House aides including legislative affairs liaison Marc Short and spokeswoman Sarah Sanders then rushed to Langley for discussions on Friday that lasted several hours but did not secure a commitment from her to stick with the nomination, the paper said.

"Her nomination will be not be derailed by partisan critics who side with the ACLU over the Central Intelligence Agency on how to keep the American people safe", he said.

There, Al-Qaeda suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, accused of bombing the USS Cole, was waterboarded three times while Haspel ran the prison, the New York Times reported.

On Friday she was at the White House to explain her position on torture.

The official who conducted the review, former acting CIA Director Michael Morell, told CNN that Haspel had merely drafted a cable under instruction from her boss, former clandestine chief Jose Rodriguez, "that he sent, under his name and authority, ordering that the tapes be destroyed". "Think of that, in these very risky times, we have the most qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough on terror", Trump tweeted Monday morning, adding, "Win Gina!"

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

On the other hand are groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, which says that she should've stood up from the interrogation clinics afterward. She's not withdrawing her nomination.

Since May 3, the White House has been releasing many positive testimonials of Haspel, according to CBS News. She also feared unfair attacks on her own reputation, saying that she didn't want to be "the next Ronny Jackson", one official said.

As with other nominations, this one hit a roadblock but is back on track, said a third administration official familiar with the effort to get her confirmed.

By Saturday, the officials said, Haspel had agreed to continue with her nomination.

Information for this article was contributed by Carol D. Leonnig, Shane Harris and Josh Dawsey of The Washington Post; and by Zeke Miller and Deb Riechmann of The Associated Press. "Any Democrat who claims to support women's empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite".

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