The Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday as the first female director of the CIA following a difficult nomination process that reopened an emotional debate about brutal interrogation techniques in one of the darkest chapters in the spy agency’s history.
“I have learned the hard lessons since 9/11,” CIA nominee Gina Haspel wrote in a letter to the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. “With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior Agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken.”
Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from Indiana who is up for a tough re-election fight in 2018, announced he would support President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee.
A Fox Business Network host is apologizing for a remark a retired three-star general and Fox News guest made on his program Thursday – saying Sen. John McCain’s opposition to Gina Haspel becoming CIA director was because torture “worked” on McCain.
If confirmed, Gina Haspel said she would not permit the CIA to restart the kind of harsh detention and interrogation program the spy agency ran at black sites after 9/11 and tainted America’s image worldwide.
The U.S. senator from Maryland said he has concerns about, but hasn’t decided on, President Trump’s nomination for CIA director, and largely likes the idea of a Trump-Kim Jong Il summit.
The nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, faces a tough confirmation hearing soon. In this week’s edition of The Hunt, David Cohen, the agency’s former deputy director of operations, tells WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green why Haspel is ready for the job.
President Donald Trump’s choice to be the first female director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, is a career spymaster who once ran an agency prison in Thailand where terror suspects were subjected to a harsh interrogation technique that the president has supported.