Donald Trump Backs 'Tough on Terrorists' Nominee Gina Haspel

Donald Trump Backs 'Tough on Terrorists' Nominee Gina Haspel

Donald Trump Backs 'Tough on Terrorists' Nominee Gina Haspel

On Saturday the White house said that Gina had Haspel will not withdraw his candidacy, leads the publication the words of unnamed officials.

Despite spending 33 years in the CIA, Haspel faces questions about her role in enhanced interrogation tactics used to question terrorist detainees after 9/11. Asked if there was any chance she would withdraw, Haspel told reporters, "Looking forward to Wednesday", when she will be questioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

We don't prejudge Ms. Haspel's fitness to lead the CIA, but we do have real concerns about the possibility that the agency could return to what Senator McCain aptly described as one of the darkest chapters in our nation's history.

"Nobody has more respect for women than I do". Dianne Feinstein of California, Ron Wyden of OR and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, have repeatedly demanded that the Central Intelligence Agency make public Haspel's record as the supervisor of a Central Intelligence Agency "black site" in Thailand in 2002 where detainees were interrogated, as well as her role in the 2005 destruction of Central Intelligence Agency interrogation tapes. But after Sanders and White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short spoke to her, Haspel reconsidered, according to multiple outlets.

"My highly respected nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists", Trump tweeted, before adding a splash of identity politics: "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".


Haspel's confirmation hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Former agency director Mike Pompeo, the new secretary of state, also faced scrutiny during his nomination process.

Warner has also asked the Justice Department to provide the Senate Intelligence Committee with the full Justice Department report on the tapes incident that was written by the special prosecutor appointed to investigate the matter, who did not bring any charges. In the 1980s, one of the declassified documents revealed, Haspel was working weekends in an overseas assignment when she received a phone call from Mother Teresa seeking to speak to President Ronald Reagan by telephone. 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.

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

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