New Torture Charges Trouble Trump's CIA Choice

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Gina Haspel's offer to withdraw on Friday was prompted by growing concern among her supporters that White House staff were becoming nervous that the nomination was in trouble, anonymous sources told The Washington Post.

Democrats' obsession with opposing President Trump on all fronts, no matter the merits, opens a new phase this week as CIA Director-designate Gina Haspel goes before the Senate Intelligence Committee. "Think of that, in these very unsafe times, we have the most qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough on terror", Trump tweeted Monday morning, adding, "Win Gina!"

Bash told viewers at he had just got off the phone with Haspel and that she was "full steam ahead" and will be at her confirmation hearing Wednesday morning.

Fearing that Wednesday's Senate confirmation hearing could shed unnecessary light on classified torture programs that could potentially amount to war crimes and taint her career and the work of the USA intelligence community, Haspel was allegedly ready to throw in the towel, before the White House and the CIA rushed to her aid over the weekend.

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According to the Seattle Times, Haspel was at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters when she was preparing for the upcoming confirmation hearing. Haspel drafted a cable approving the destruction that her boss ultimately sent to field officers, who fed the tapes into a shredding machine.

After her offer to withdraw, White House aides worked to reassure her that she had the president's support.

Gina Haspel, quite simply, is one of Trump's most capable and distinguished appointments. She also feared unfair attacks on her own reputation, saying that she didn't want to be "the next Ronny Jackson", one official said.

Information for this article was contributed by Carol D. Leonnig, Shane Harris and Josh Dawsey of The Washington Post; and by Zeke Miller and Deb Riechmann of The Associated Press.

Short, the White House legislative affairs director, told Haspel she could still be confirmed despite the information that had recently come to attention of the White House - and the administration expected some Democrats to support her, officials said.