White House Doubles Down on Gina Haspel to Head CIA

Posted May 08, 2018

The tweet followed reports on Sunday that Haspel had sought to withdraw her nomination as recently as last Friday due to concerns that she would not be confirmed by the Senate because of her past involvement in the CIA's controversial enhanced interrogations program, which some analysts describe as torture.

On Saturday the White house said that Gina had Haspel will not withdraw his candidacy, leads the publication the words of unnamed officials. According to reports, Haspel headed up a Central Intelligence Agency detention center in Thailand in 2002, during which time two terrorism suspects were interrogated using "enhanced interrogation methods" that included waterboarding. "We think she's the best nominee". But Haspel is facing an uphill confirmation battle because of the role she played in the waterboarding of radical Islamic terrorism figures, in a "black site" prison in Thailand, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on NY and Washington, D.C.

On Friday, Haspel sought to drop her nomination after some White House officials anxious her role in the interrogation of terrorist suspects could prevent her confirmation by the Senate, according to four senior USA officials.

"My highly respected nominee for CIA Director, " Gina Haspel, has come under fire as she was too tough.

Ms. Haspel, a 33-year CIA veteran with strong relationships within the agency, is unquestionably capable of stepping into the top job. All the negative headlines suggest that her confirmation hearing this week will not be a walk in the park. We urge you to uphold that imperative, and to declassify the information requested above prior to Ms. Haspel's upcoming nomination hearing at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on May 9, 2018.

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During a television interview Monday morning, Marc Short, the White House legislative director, said he is confident Haspel will be confirmed.

Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who also opposed Pompeo's nomination as secretary of state before switching at the last minute, announced his opposition to Haspel's nomination in a statement in March.

It was at that meeting she apparently indicated her interest in withdrawing, reportedly fearing the Senate questioning could damage her reputation and the CIA's. His vote - already questionable because his health issues might keep him away - is critical, given Republicans 51-49 edge in the Senate. Democrats say she should be disqualified because she was the chief of base at a covert detention site in Thailand where two terrorism suspects were subjected to waterboarding, a technique that simulates drowning.

But, President Trump is standing by her.

Her career has brought her to the United Kingdom twice, where she acted as the chief of the London station.

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