NBC's Bash: Haspel Not Withdrawing Nomination as CIA Director

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

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

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.

After her offer to withdraw, White House aides worked to reassure her that she had the president's support.

A career veteran of the agency, Ms. Haspel told White House officials that she was anxious less about her own reputation than about the potential damage to the C.I.A. from a bruising confirmation battle.

The post of the Central Intelligence Agency director fell vacant after Mike Pompeo was confirmed as the new US Secretary of State on Thursday.

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. After initially signaling he would support whatever decision was taken, Trump chose to push for Haspel to remain the nominee, according to the newspaper. She then returned to agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

"Some White House officials were concerned by material being raised in questions from Congress, information they were just learning about, according to the USA officials", the Post noted. Discussions stretched several hours, officials said, and the White House was not entirely sure she would stick with her nomination until Saturday afternoon, according to the officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

For Haspel, stepping down as the nominee would have meant that she would not have to attend the confirmation hearing.

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"She'll be at the hearing Wednesday morning". For one, it appears that Haspel was an "enthusiastic supporter" of the controversial waterboarding program, which casts her in a negative light.

According to the Washington Post, Haspel spent part of the weekend deciding whether to withdraw as successor to Mike Pompeo after the questioning.

Haspel was personally involved in the torture of detainees during the Bush administration. The 33-year-old veteran of the force served most of her career nearly entirely undercover and much of her record is classified.

Trump says Democrats want to defeat Haspel's nomination because she is "too tough on terror".

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

Just like different nominations, this one hit a road block however is straight back on trail, mentioned a third administration official familiar with the time and effort to acquire her confirmed.

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