Gina Haspel, CIA nominee, 'sought to pull out'

Gina Haspel, CIA nominee, 'sought to pull out'

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. He chose to push for Haspel to remain as the nominee after initially signaling he would support whatever decision was taken, administration officials said.

"And she could even, if she wanted to, if they could unclassify everything, tell us everything that you were able to pick up, because in Jose Rodriguez's book - it's in Jim Mitchell's book", he continued.

Democrats will be sure to raise the question of her role in the interrogation programme and some have said she should be disqualified because of her actions at the Thailand site. On Friday Haspel was summoned to the White house for meetings to discuss its participation in the program of interrogation involving the use of various means, in particular simulated drowning, which is often characterized as torture. She would not want to stay in "if she felt her nomination would be a problem" for the Central Intelligence Agency, but the White House has complete confidence in her, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday.

Trump in his Twitter said that he Haspel "was heavily criticized because he behaved harshly with terrorists". Those who know the true Gina Haspel - who worked with her, served with her, who helped her confront terrorism, Russian Federation and countless other threats to our nation - they nearly uniformly support her.

The post became vacant after Mike Pompeo was appointed secretary of state last month.

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Despite opposition from the Senate, the intelligence community largely rallied alongside Haspel. Nevertheless, by Saturday afternoon, the White House convinced her to continue with her nomination.

Haspel's function additionally was commended by members of this Obama administration - including former Manager of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, also former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell.

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

Two sources said Haspel participated in a practice session Friday - called a "murder board" - to prepare for the hearing, a sign the nomination was moving forward. Per the Post, the president-who has himself endorsed torture: "You can say what you want [but] I have no doubt that it does work in term of information and other things", he told CNN's Jake Tapper in early 2016-"learned of the drama" and "decided to push for Haspel to remain as the nominee after initially signaling he would support whatever decision was taken".

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