WaPo: Fearing Torture Questions, Haspel Briefly Backed Away From CIA Nomination

Haspel told the White House she was interested in stepping aside if it avoided the spectacle of a brutal confirmation hearing on Wednesday and potential damage to the CIA's reputation and her own, the officials said.

On the opposing aspect are teams such because the American Civil Liberties Union, which says she ought to have stood up in opposition to the interrogation practices then.

Hoping to sway senators his way, Trump tweeted on Wednesday: "Gina Haspel has displayed dedication and leadership throughout her more than three decades of service with the CIA and is the right person to lead the Agency". Rand Paul (R-Ky.) would give Democrats leverage over her nomination ― if they stick together, that is.

Ms. Haspel's offer on Friday to withdraw her nomination sent administration officials scurrying and a group of top aides, including Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House spokeswoman, headed to C.I.A. headquarters in Langley, Va., to prevent Ms. Haspel from dropping out, these people said.

The Washington Post first reported her offer to withdraw. The problem came to a head Friday afternoon when she was summoned to the White House for some urgent questions, particularly on her role in the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques.

The destruction of the tapes is a key issue for Senate critics of Haspel, who complain that public agency disclosures regarding its interrogation programs have been inadequate. Her nomination would be in jeopardy only if she loses the support of Republicans, who hold a slim 51-49 seat majority in the Senate. But she believed that he would first get the approval of senior Central Intelligence Agency leaders before sending it, according to people with knowledge of the episode. As of Saturday, Haspel has chose to stick with her nomination.

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

While the White House has been concerned about her past involvement with the CIA's controversial interrogation program, administration officials said they ultimately believe she will get confirmed.

Meanwhile, the pieces of information that are known about Haspel are disturbing to those who oppose torture.

Haspel has obtained strong backing from former intelligence, diplomatic, navy and nationwide safety officers, who reward her in depth intelligence profession.

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.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Twitter wants you to change your password ASAP, here's why
May 06, 2018 - 16:41
Other than just changing your password , there are a few additional steps that can be taken just to be secure. Both services have confirmed that usernames and passwords were saved unmasked in plain text in internal logs.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Very Interesting New Feature Coming to Facebook
May 06, 2018 - 16:41
But hey, why not let Facebook control our love lives, too? The dating feature will link people based on shared events and groups. After pretty much incorporating anything and everything other popular apps have going, this is normal trajectory for Facebook.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Activision (ATVI) Price Target Cut to $76.00
May 06, 2018 - 16:33
It increased, as 35 investors sold JNJ shares while 884 reduced holdings. 42 funds opened positions while 82 raised stakes. Goldman Sachs has "Buy" rating and $73.0 target. (NASDAQ: ATVI ) earned "Overweight" rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The unemployment rate is down
May 05, 2018 - 13:24
What's different from 2016 is that now the jobless rate is almost a percentage point lower , meaning more competition for workers. The employment-population ratio, another broad measure of labor-market health, fell to 60.3 percent from 60.4 percent.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Reynolds signs Iowa abortion restriction law
May 05, 2018 - 13:19
The bill passed after an extended debate in the House, where five Republicans joined every Democrat present in opposition. Supreme Court ruling that established women have a right to terminate pregnancies until a fetus is viable.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top American Gods season 2 begins production
May 04, 2018 - 07:12
It's been a rocky road, but American Gods season 2 is on its way - though fans will have to wait until 2019 to see it. It's been almost one year already since season one of American Gods came to a close.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Russian military spending falls for first time in two decades, watchdog says
May 03, 2018 - 10:01
Because of what is perceived as a growing threat from Russian Federation , military spending in Europe increased in 2017. Some officials at the Kremlin have called for lower military spending to free up funds for such domestic initiatives.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paul George expected to bolt from OKC Thunder
May 03, 2018 - 09:59
Even with a superstar trio in OKC, many were convinced that George was going to opt out of his deal after the season and come home to LA.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Brad Marchand, Bruins coach angry over missed slashing penalty in Game 2
May 02, 2018 - 01:33
With his 24th career playoff goal, Johnson pulled even with Vincent Lecavalier for third on Tampa Bay's all-time list. Krug threw the puck at the Tampa goal and it beat goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (18 saves) inside the near post.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pence's Physician Allegedly Behind Attacks Against Trump's Doctor
May 02, 2018 - 01:32
Ronny Jackson is not going back to being President Donald Trump's personal physician. Ronny Jackson scandal", CNN reported . Jackson has denied the allegations .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cigarette Packages Draw Warning From US Officials Over Marketing
May 02, 2018 - 01:30
The FDA says it might file injunctions or seize products if the companies don't take action to address regulators' concerns. The agency says children could mistakenly drink the liquids, which are intended for use in e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Frank Lampard thinks Steven Gerrard will 'flourish' at Rangers
May 02, 2018 - 01:30
Rangers added that Murty "will take some time to consider his options, which include returning to his role at the Rangers Academy ".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Apple's next to be $450 iPhone SE2?
May 01, 2018 - 06:42
It is expected that Apple will show just 2 percent growth in smartphone sales compared to previous year during the first quarter. Popular and uncannily reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a rather grave prediction for the iPhone series of 2018.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Toronto Maple Leafs to Sign Swedish Centre Par Lindholm
May 01, 2018 - 06:41
Hunter, 55, joined the Maple Leafs as player-personnel director in October 2014 and was promoted to assistant GM in August 2016. And as Shanahan said Monday, the process that began with Lamoriello joining the Leafs has unfolded exactly as planned.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Raiders weigh risk, reward in grabbing Maurice Hurst in fifth round
May 01, 2018 - 06:37
It is easy to hate on how the Oakland Raiders are handling this year's NFL Draft , but we should not be so hasty. There were some notable players that fell out of the first round, making for a few great selections in Round 2 .