Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Gina Haspel sought to withdraw

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted Saturday that any Democrat who doesn’t support CIA director nominee Gina Haspel is a “hypocrite.”

Fearing that Wednesday's Senate confirmation hearing could shed unnecessary light on classified torture programs that could potentially amount to war crimes and taint her career and the work of the United States intelligence community, Haspel was allegedly ready to throw in the towel, before the White House and the CIA rushed to her aid over the weekend.

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 report said.

But Haspel's nomination to become the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency came close to being scuttled Friday ahead of any hearings - and largely at her own hand, the USA officials said. While the CIA recently agreed to shed light on some of her records, the intelligence agency maintained that certain details about her career must remain classified.

Senator Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican, additionally expressed reservations concerning Mr. Pompeo, nevertheless he eventually relented, and the Senate confirmed him with a vote of 57 to 42. Ever since President Trump announced Haspel as his nominee, critics have pointed out her connections to an interrogation program.

Haspel's confirmation is expected to be tenuous, with many Democrats voicing their opposition to her.

Several unidentified senior USA officials told The Washington Post that Haspel was anxious that the increasing scrutiny over her role in the agency's interrogation program would tarnish her reputation and that of the CIA, the newspaper reported on Sunday. She then returned to agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia.


According to The Washington Post, she conveyed her intention to withdraw her nomination soon thereafter. Jackson no longer works as Trump's personal physician but remains in the White House Medical Unit.

Years after, when the C.I.A. wished to call Ms. Haspel to run clandestine operations, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who afterward chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee, obstructed the pro motion over Ms. Haspel's role in the interrogation plan and the devastation of those tapes.

Trump learned of Haspel's change of heart on Friday and said he still wanted her to be the nominee.

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

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.

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

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