Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Trump defends nominee for Central Intelligence Agency

Trump defends nominee for Central Intelligence Agency

Trump reiterated his support of Haspel in a Monday morning tweet.

Gina Haspel told the White House on Friday that she was interested in stepping aside from the nomination if it would damage her and the agency's reputations, according to the Washington Post.

Pompeo, the CIA's most recent director, played a major role in Trump's decision to nominate Haspel as his replacement.

The President wants the deputy director of CIA, Gina Haspel, to succeed Mike Pompeo in the top job, and the Democrats are raging against her appointment.

During the phone call, Trump dismissed concerns about Haspel's role in past interrogations of suspected terrorists and voiced support for her nomination, a separate source said. He added 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. The CIA wants her to lead them into America's bright and glorious future!"

"She is very qualified, she has risen up the ranks", he said. "That is demoralizing. That is politicizing what they do", said Burlingame, whose brother Charles "Chic" Burlingame was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon.

Collins wants unambiguous answers to questions involving her career at the agency, and also wants to hear how independent Haspel will deal with Trump.

The CIA itself has conducted an unusual lobbying campaign on Haspel's behalf, reflecting the agency's desire to have an insider in charge rather than risk a political appointee.

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In an April 24 letter to Feinstein and other senators, Jaime Cheshire, the CIA's director of congressional affairs, said the agency is committed to providing a "complete picture" of Haspel's 33-year CIA career, including her time working in its counterterrorism center. Rand Paul of Kentucky are expected to vote for Haspel, but she would need at least one Democrat to be confirmed.

Haspel met with Democratic Sens.

Haspel, now serving as the CIA's acting director, offered to withdraw her nomination last week amid concerns that a debate over a harsh interrogation program would tarnish her reputation and put her out of the running, according to NBC News and The Washington Post.

The White House is pressuring lawmakers to confirm Ms Haspel. She told reporters the sessions had been "great".

President Donald Trump called for Tester to resign in April over his past opposition to Ronny Jackson's nomination for secretary of veterans affairs.

"She wants to do everything she can to make sure the integrity of the Central Intelligence Agency remains intact, isn't unnecessarily attacked", Sanders said on Monday, when asked about Haspel's apparent crisis of confidence over the weekend.

Unnamed national security officials and Republicans are making contingency plans, CNN reported, in case the nomination falls through. But Feinstein said Haspel supported the methods while they were being used and that she supervised one of the sites "where some of this "interrogation" - so-called - went on".

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