Trump CIA pick sought to withdraw over 'torture' concerns

In comments meant to soften the public profile of Gina Haspel before her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, two administration officials said she was not the "architect" of the torture programme, but a "line officer" who never personally interrogated any terrorism suspects. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to vote against her. Shakir said other senators might be targeted before the Senate votes.

CBS News, citing former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell and former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden, said on Friday Haspel told Senators in private meetings that she would "never let the CIA restart an interrogation and detention program" if she was confirmed to officially head the agency.

"It nearly seemed [as though]...she actually enjoyed the torture", Paul said.

Haspel's chances of winning Senate confirmation are considered uncertain, in part because of the 51-to-49 party split and the prolonged absence of Sen.

She was reassured by staffers, however, that her nomination was still on track and was talked out of withdrawing.

The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Haspel met with White House officials on Friday to discuss her involvement in an interrogation program during the George W. Bush administration that used techniques that are widely regarded as torture. Dianne Feinstein of California, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Ron Wyden of OR, who have had access to the entire report, have said that the more they read the classified version, the more disturbed they are by the actions Haspel has taken during her career. 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.


Trump learned of the drama Friday, calling officials from his trip to Dallas.

Jones wouldn't say how many times Haspel's name was mentioned in the 7,000-page Senate report that remains classified except for a 500-page executive summary. "On Sunday afternoon, Ms. Haspel was prepping for the hearing with administration officials". "Any Democrat who claims to support women's empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite".

After weekend reports that President Donald Trump's nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director, Gina Haspel, was considering withdrawing her name from consideration, Jeremy Bash flatly refuted those talking points on Kasie DC.

She oversaw a secret facility in Thailand where at least two al-Qaeda suspects were subjected to simulated drowning, one of them while she was facility chief.

"There has been a fascinating phenomenon over the last few weeks". She was interested in avoiding the hearing in order to preserve her reputation.


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