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>> US President, Donald Trump, on Monday, defended his embattled pick to run the CIA. Writing on Twitter quote, my highly respected nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because she was too tough on terrorists. Haspel is expected to face a brutal confirmation hearing in the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday and sources told Reuters she offered on Friday to withdraw from the running, fearing her nomination was in trouble.
The White House said the offer was made out of concern for the CIA and underscores Haspel's commitment to the agency.>> We think that acting director Haspel is a highly qualified, uniquely positioned individual to lead the CIA. And we're very confident in her ability to answer the questions that we know are gonna come.
>> Critics of Haskell's nomination have taken issue with her role in a defunct program in which the CIA detained and interrogated Alqueida suspects in secret prisons abroad, using techniques including waterboarding, widely condemned as torture. Haspel later drafted a CIA cable, ordering officers to destroy videotapes of those interrogations.
But many details of her work remain classified. Haspel has been endorsed by some members of the intelligence community, including former CIA director, Michael Hayden.>> With a President who does not always attach his decisions to the real world, to data, to evidence. Gina Haspel is the one woman I want in that room when everyone else will be going into north, south auto-bob and saying, you're right boss.
Gina Haspel won't.>> If confirmed, Haspel would be the first woman to lead the Intelligence Agency. She would succeed Mike Pompeo, who has become the Secretary of State.