President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, sought to withdraw over concerns about her role in the agency's interrogation program, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders did not comment on Haspel's offer to withdraw but described her as "the best of the best" and a "patriot", the reportsaid.
Former president George W. Bush authorized the Rendition, Detention and Interrogation Program after the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Democrats say she should be disqualified because she was the chief of base at a covert detention site in Thailand where two terrorism suspects were subjected to waterboarding, a technique that simulates drowning. "When the individuals ultimately have a possiblity to see the true Gina Haspel on Wednesday, they will know why she's is really admired and why she's is and will soon be a great leader for this company".
An administration official said the nomination remains on track.
The revelations come days after the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act demanding records related to "the new propaganda campaign that the Central Intelligence Agency is now waging on behalf of Gina Haspel even as it hides her responsibility for torture and role in destruction of torture evidence". In late 2005, she played a role in a decision to destroy videotapes documenting the interrogation of Qaeda operatives at the Thailand facility.
Haspel's chances of winning Senate confirmation are considered uncertain, in part because of the 51-to-49 party split and the prolonged absence of Sen.
Haspel's last-minute second-guessing of whether to maintain her bid is indicative of the uphill climb her nomination faces in Congress. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and the previously stated opposition of Sen. Jackson no longer works as Trump's personal physician but remains in the White House Medical Unit. That is when she provided to withdraw, the officers stated. 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.
Haspel has told lawmakers in recent weeks that she would stand firm against any effort to restart the brutal detention and interrogation program, administration officials said on Friday.
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She has received robust backing from former intelligence, diplomatic, military and national security officials, who praise her extensive intelligence career.
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