Trump's Central Intelligence Agency nominee offered to withdraw over interrogation role


President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency reportedly wanted to withdraw her nomination Friday ahead of her confirmation hearing. 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. "When the American people finally have a chance to see the true Gina Haspel on Wednesday, they will understand why she is so admired and why she is and will be a great leader for this agency", CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani said in a statement Sunday.

Opposition to Ms. Haspel centers around her 33-year career with the agency, much of it undercover.

The officials, who are familiar with her meetings on Capitol Hill, were not authorised to discuss her private conversations with the senators and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has been among the more vocal critics of Haspel's nomination.

Trump learned of Haspel's doubts and pushed for officials to convince her to keep the nomination, according to the Post.

Bash told viewers at he had just got off the phone with Haspel and that she was "full steam ahead" and will be at her confirmation hearing Wednesday morning. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said the more material she reads about Haspel's role in the interrogation program, including the destruction of tapes, the more unsettled she has become.

Senator Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican, additionally expressed reservations concerning Mr. Pompeo, nevertheless he eventually relented, and the Senate confirmed him with a vote of 57 to 42.

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Also backing Haspel's nomination recently was former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, during an appearance last week on "Fox and Friends".

On Friday she was at the White House to explain her position on torture.

Short lamented the attacks in recent weeks on Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson who was briefly nominated to be the secretary of veterans affairs.

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.

These comments come after it was said that she wanted to withdraw her name to avoid bringing damage to the CIA's reputation, as reported the New York Times.

Anders, deputy director of the ACLU's legislative office in Washington, said that while the administration has shared tidbits about how Haspel likes country singer Johnny Cash and once met the Roman Catholic nun and missionary Mother Teresa, it has only declassified one document about her career. "Any Democrat who claims to support women's empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite".