Trump CIA pick offered to withdraw over interrogation program

Trump CIA pick offered to withdraw over interrogation program

Trump CIA pick offered to withdraw over interrogation program

Gina Haspel, President Trump's pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency, offered on Friday to withdraw her nomination, after several White House officials told her they weren't sure she'd be able to get confirmed because of the controversy surrounding her past work at a "black site" and her destruction of tapes showing terrorism suspects being waterboarded, several people with knowledge of the matter told CNN on Sunday. Most Democrats have mentioned she should be disqualified since she was the very chief of foundation at a covert detention site in Thailand where by two terrorism suspects had been subjected to waterboarding, a procedure which simulates drowning. The nomination has sparked trepidation inside the White House, with some Trump advisers telling the president in recent weeks she was unlikely to be confirmed. "Those who know the true Gina Haspel - who worked with her, who served with her, who helped her confront terrorism, Russian Federation and countless other threats to our nation - they nearly uniformly support her". It also found that C.I.A. officials regularly misled lawmakers and the White House about the information it obtained and failed to provide basic oversight of secret prisons it established around the world. Jackson no longer works as Trump's personal physician but remains in the White House Medical Unit.

So Haspel wanted to step aside to avoid Wednesday's intense interrogation in the Senate, during which nobody will cover her face with cloth, turn her upside down and pour water until she thinks she's about to drown.

"Acting Director Haspel is a highly qualified nominee who has dedicated over three decades of service to her country", Raj Shah, the White House principal deputy press secretary, said in a statement Sunday. She is expected to reiterate that publicly this week.

The White House has openly promoted Haspel's track record and leadership experience. "Any Democrat who claims to support women's empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite". "I think in her mode of really putting the agency before herself, she said, if it's going to harm the CIA, I don't need to be part of this".

On the opposing side are groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, which says she should have stood up against the interrogation practices then.

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