New Torture Charges Trouble Trump's CIA Choice

Hugh Fox
May 7, 2018

"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. This really is when she's sold to draw, the officials mentioned.

She won applause inside the CIA and from many career intelligence officials as the first woman to reach the agency's second-highest position.

Earlier the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also -a bit overzealously- dashed to defend Trump's nominee, facing harsh criticism for playing the feminist and women's empowerment card way too openly.

"The takeaway for every United States Senator should be that they need a lot more information about Haspel than they're now getting", Faiz Shakir, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), pointed out; last week, he demanded Central Intelligence Agency records on Haspel, under the Freedom of Information Act. "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". Ahead of this, several top senators have asked tough questions on her role in several torture programmes.

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Some White House officials were concerned by material being raised in questions from Congress, information they were just learning about, according to the US officials.

Haspel met with the White House to talk about her controversial history on Friday, and said she'd drop out of the running to avoid a possibly harsh Senate confirmation hearing that could damage the CIA's image, according to the Post.

"She'll be at the hearing Wednesday morning".

Meanwhile, the pieces of information that are known about Haspel are disturbing to those who oppose torture. Haspel drafted a cable approving the destruction that her boss ultimately sent to field officers, who fed the tapes into a shredding machine.

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By Saturday, Haspel had agreed to continue with her nomination, officials told the Post.

But Haspel's nomination would be more than an embarrassment if it succeeds.

Haspel's troubles come on the heels of Trump's Veterans Affairs debacle. Eventually the tension seemed to ease, and as of now her nomination stands, the sources said.

"I'm sorry, my eyes can not roll back enough in my head", New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg quipped on an MSNBC panel Sunday.

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