Central Intelligence Agency nominee says she wouldn't resume brutal interrogations

Casey Dawson
May 7, 2018

"Her nomination will not be derailed by partisan critics who side with the ACLU (rights organization) over the Central Intelligence Agency on how to keep the American people safe", he added.

After Haspel attended a mock hearing for her upcoming confirmation hearing, she said she was "interested" in stepping down as nominee.

CBS News, citing former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell and former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden, said on Friday Haspel told Senators in private meetings that she would "never let the CIA restart an interrogation and detention program" if she was confirmed to officially head the agency.

"I'm sorry, my eyes can not roll back enough in my head", New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg quipped on an MSNBC panel Sunday.

The officials said that Haspel didn't learn sensitive details about the CIA's counterterrorism activities until October 2002, which would have been after the agency's first high-value detainee, Abu Zubaydah, was waterboarded 83 times in August 2002.

Sanders declined to comment on Haspel's offer to withdraw or internal White House discussions, but she stressed that Haspel is a dedicated public servant qualified for the role and that she has the full support of the president.

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The report notes that White House officials are unsure whether she will formally withdraw, but that President Donald Trump, alerted to her reservations, has urged her to remain as the nominee.

Since May 3, the White House has been releasing many positive testimonials of Haspel, according to CBS News. Haspel's Senate confirmation hearing is set for Wednesday.

The Washington Post first reported her offer to withdraw.

"If you weren't ready of authority on September 11th, you haven't any thought the pressures that we confronted to attempt to be sure that this nation wasn't attacked once more". "If she did not stand up for the law and basic morality when it mattered, why should any senator believe that she will say no to any illegal order from this president?" She also reportedly participated in the destruction of videos of interrogations using techniques which have since been formally labeled torture and outlawed by Congress.

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.

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