White House gears up to push Central Intelligence Agency nominee as concerns mount

White House gears up to push Central Intelligence Agency nominee as concerns mount

White House gears up to push Central Intelligence Agency nominee as concerns mount

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to steer the Central Intelligence Company, provided to withdraw her nomination, two senior administration officers stated Sunday, amid considerations {that a} debate over a harsh interrogation program would tarnish her repute and that of the CIA.

Several unidentified senior United States officials told The Washington Post that Haspel was anxious that the increasing scrutiny over her role in the agency's interrogation program would tarnish her reputation and that of the CIA, the newspaper reported on Sunday.

At a Friday afternoon meeting at the White House, the Post reported, Ms. Haspel told officials that she would be willing to step aside to avoid damage to the agency's reputation.

Faiz Shakir, the ACLU's national political director, claims that Haspel's nomination is "clearly on the rocks" and that she would fail if the Senate held her confirmation vote today.

CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel is scheduled to go before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday for a hearing to become the CIA director.

The two administration officials said Haspel told senators that she - and the agency as a whole - learned lessons from the 9/11-era programme, one of the darkest chapters in the CIA's history.

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Sanders, meanwhile, tweeted an endorsement of Haspel on Friday.

Haspel's offer to withdraw on Friday was prompted by growing concern among her supporters that White House staff were becoming nervous that the nomination was in trouble, the sources said. 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.

Members of Congress, particularly Democrats, have been resistant to Haspel's nomination without more information about her role in the program.

For weeks the Democrats have been calling for Haspel's candidacy to be disqualified because she is known to have waterboarded suspects in Thailand, and also apparently because she was Trump's nominee.

By Saturday, Haspel had agreed to continue with her nomination, officials told the Post. She later penned a cable for a superior instructing staff at the site to destroy tapes showing the torture of detainees there. 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.

"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", the spokesperson said.

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