New CIA boss Gina Haspel to face Senate grilling

President Donald Trump touted Haspel's nomination on Twitter

President Donald Trump touted Haspel's nomination on Twitter

On Twitter Tuesday, Trump reiterated his protection of Haspel as robust on terror.

The letter asks Coats to "consider whether the CIA's efforts to promote this nomination are in keeping with the best interests of the intelligence community, and whether additional steps are warranted to review the public affairs postures of each component of the intelligence community".

Her hearing is set for Wednesday.

Then the president switched gears to announce that he would call President Xi of China to discuss trade and denuclearization in the Korean peninsula. Think of that, in these very risky times, we have the most qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough on terror.

Meanwhile, 50 progressive groups called on senators to block Haspel from ascending to the top role at the CIA, saying her history at the agency "should disqualify her to head the CIA or serve in any position of public trust".

"She is very qualified, she has risen up the ranks", he said. The Senate report also concluded that the C.I.A. misled the White House and other administration officials about its use of such techniques and portrayed them as more effective than they were.

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In his letter from this week, Conroy noted the apparent lack of consultation with other House members before his attempted ouster. In an appearance in Milwaukee last week, Ryan said: "This was not about politics or prayers, it was about pastoral services".

Warner on Monday wrote a letter to Haspel, obtained by CNN, saying that the Central Intelligence Agency has failed to make public the leadership and supervisory positions Haspel held at Central Intelligence Agency headquarters.

But Haspel's opponents, including human rights groups and some former military and intelligence officials, say the Central Intelligence Agency hasn't fully disclosed her role in "enhanced interrogation" programs after the September 11 attacks.

Haspel met with Republican and Democratic senators on Monday.

She has received robust backing from former intelligence, diplomatic, military and national security officials, who praise her extensive intelligence career. As of this writing, Republicans own a 51-49 majority in the Senate, which means she has enough votes to be confirmed if every Republican votes for her and if no Democrats vote for her. The news was first reported Sunday by The Washington Post.

At the heart of Wednesday confirmation hearing will be an examination of what happened in Detention Site Green, a secret prison in Thailand which Haspel briefly ran in 2002; her role in overseeing interrogation while running the agency's counter-terrorism centre in the two years after that; and how much say she had in a decision to destroy interrogation videotapes without the explicit assent of the CIA leadership of congressional oversight committees.

Though Trump has expressed some private skepticism about Haspel, newly installed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other senior administration officials have convinced the President she still has a chance of surviving the confirmation process. "She has earned great respect from intelligence leaders around the world; even people like [Russian President Vladimir] Putin would have to respect her operational savvy".

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