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

Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA offered to withdraw over concerns about her role in an agency interrogation programme that employed techniques including waterboarding.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Haspel offered to withdraw her name from consideration to head the CIA to spare the agency's reputation - and her own - and to dodge possible confirmation defeat.

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Haspel's nomination has encountered opposition over her role in a defunct program in which the agency detained and interrogated al Qaeda suspects in secret prisons overseas using techniques widely condemned as torture.

"@PressSec @morgfair Appears to me that folks can legitimately object to her position in torture whereas additionally encouraging this administration to extend the variety of its appointees", Shaub tweeted.

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

In addition, the Central Intelligence Agency has sent materials to the Senate, some classified, that the lawmakers can read to better understand not only her work in the Counterterrorism Center, which oversaw the harsh interrogation program, but also other aspects of her 33-year career, including more than 30 years undercover.

Trump then phoned the staffers to push for Haspel to remain as nominee, the Post's sources said. Trump learned of Haspel's doubts and pushed for officials to convince her to keep the nomination, according to the Post. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to vote against her. Shakir said other senators might be targeted before the Senate votes. The 33-year-old veteran of the force served most of her career nearly entirely undercover and much of her record is classified. Those officials said the material was not new, but the White House wanted to hear Haspel's explanation of it.

To be confirmed she will need at least 50 of the Senate's 100 senators to give her the nod since Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie.

The release of the disciplinary review may persuade some lawmakers who had been undecided to support Haspel, said congressional officials tracking the nomination process.

She's got received robust backing from former intellect, diplomatic, military and national security officials, that praise her intensive intellect career. By Saturday she had reportedly agreed to continue with the nomination.

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