Haspel tough on terror, says Trump

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune Attorney David Irvine speaks at a meeting of Salt Lake Indivisible a grass-roots bipartisan group organizing against President Donald Trump. The meeting was held at Wasatch Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City Wedne

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune Attorney David Irvine speaks at a meeting of Salt Lake Indivisible a grass-roots bipartisan group organizing against President Donald Trump. The meeting was held at Wasatch Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City Wedne

Ms Haspel offered to withdraw her nomination, two senior administration officials said, amid concerns that a debate over a harsh interrogation programme would tarnish her reputation and that of the Central Intelligence Agency. The recent declassification of a CIA memorandum regarding Ms. Haspel and her role in the destruction of videotapes of CIA detainee interrogations - an action that was not authorized by the CIA Director, Department of Justice, or White House - makes this request all the more important.

Almost as soon as she was nominated, Haspel was criticized by Democrats for running a C.I.A. black site in Thailand; for her support of tactics such as waterboarding, stress positions, and sleep deprivation; and for her alleged involvement in the destruction of nearly 100 tapes containing footage from interrogation sessions.

He recanted that position, but given his complaint on Twitter Monday morning that Ms. Haspel had "come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists", there's reason to doubt the sincerity of his earlier pledges to follow worldwide law.

Haspel isn't facing opposition only from Democratic senators, however. Sen.

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Ms Haspel, who faces a tough Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, has now decided not to withdraw.

On Friday, Haspel sought to drop her nomination after some White House officials anxious her role in the interrogation of terrorist suspects could prevent her confirmation by the Senate, according to four senior USA officials. A Senate committee hearing on her nomination is scheduled for Wednesday. Rights groups and retired military personnel have all decried her nomination.

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Another part of the Haspel-for-CIA strategy unveiled by the administration is to declassify certain documents that shed more light on her work overseas.

Officials dropped two cardboard boxes that said "HAND CARRY" written by a felt-tip marker; one box went to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the other to the Senate's security office.

A source close to the matter told CBS News that her nomination is "going forward". I've worked under directors whom the president didn't trust, and even some who weren't welcome at the White House. Specifically, it states that, "In no case shall information be classified, continue to be maintained as classified, or fail to be declassified in order to: (1) hide violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error; (2) prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency..." "This program was parachuted onto the CIA's Directorate of Operations, made all the more ambiguous because it occurred in the panic of the opening days of the 'war on terror'". After initially signaling he would support whatever decision was taken, Trump chose to push for Haspel to remain the nominee, according to the newspaper.

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