Trump defends Central Intelligence Agency pick as 'tough on terror'

CIA Director-nominee Gina Haspel attends the ceremonial swearing in for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department in Washington

CIA Director-nominee Gina Haspel attends the ceremonial swearing in for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department in Washington

The White House has openly promoted Haspel's track record and leadership experience.

Gina Haspel offered to withdraw after White House aides sought out additional details about her role in the CIA's now-defunct programme of detaining and brutally interrogating terror suspects after 9/11.

Others, on the contrary, sincerely wished Haspel to go ahead in the hope that the confirmation hearing will hold her accountable for any alleged misdeeds. Only one Republican, Sen.

Haspel's discussions with senators continue prior to Wednesday's confirmation hearing at the Senate Intelligence Committee along with a later full vote at the Senate in June.

Haspel's supporters argue that while she drafted the cable, Rodriguez sent it without the approval of CIA Director Porter Goss and without informing Haspel that he would do so.

Immediately after Haspel's deal to draw, White House aides functioned to assure her that she had the president aid.

Raj Shah, the White House principal deputy press secretary, said in a statement Sunday, "Acting Director (Gina) Haspel is a highly qualified nominee who has dedicated over three decades of service to her country".

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Yep, she used the woman card for Haspel- who has been accused of torturing and supporting waterboarding- and a New York Times columnist was not impressed.

Haspel reportedly did not want smear her or the CIA's reputation in case of possible conformation defeat.

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.

"Her nomination won't be derailed by Critics that side with the ACLU over the Central Intelligence Agency on how to help keep the American people safe and sound", he explained.

According to the Washington Post, Haspel spent part of the weekend deciding whether to withdraw as successor to Mike Pompeo after the questioning. "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". She then returned to agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

She's got received robust backing from former intellect, diplomatic, military and national security officials, that praise her intensive intellect career. As of Saturday, Haspel has made a decision to stick with her nomination.

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