Donald Trump's Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel offered to withdraw over 'torture' role

Posted May 07, 2018

White House aides later held talks...

The Washington Post reported Haspel even considered withdrawing from the race to head the agency after waterboarding allegations surfaced because she allegedly did not want to become the "next Ronny Jackson", referring to Trump's physician who withdrew his nomination to be the head of Veteran Affairs over misconduct allegations. Only one Republican, Sen.

"The takeaway for every United States Senator should be that they need a lot more information about Haspel than they're now getting", Faiz Shakir, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), pointed out; last week, he demanded Central Intelligence Agency records on Haspel, under the Freedom of Information Act.

President Donald Trump attempted to bolster support Monday for his embattled nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, ahead of her confirmation hearing later this week.

But Haspel's nomination came close to being scuttled Friday ahead of any hearings - and largely at her own hand, the USA officials said.

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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.

She won applause inside the CIA and from many career intelligence officials as the first woman to reach the agency's second-highest position. But it also lays the groundwork for Haspel to withdraw ahead of her confirmation hearing if it becomes apparent that the nomination can not succeed. He chose to push for Haspel to remain as the nominee after initially signaling he would support whatever decision was taken, administration officials said. 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".

Raj Shah, a White House spokesman, on Sunday called Haspel a highly qualified nominee. "Any Democrat who claims to support women's empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite".

"When the American people finally have a chance to see the true Gina Haspel on Wednesday, they will understand why she is so admired and why she is and will be a great leader for this Agency", the spokesperson said. As of Saturday, Haspel has chose to stick with her nomination.