Trump on his Central Intelligence Agency choice: 'Too tough on terror' for the Dems?

President Donald Trump touted Haspel's nomination on Twitter

President Donald Trump touted Haspel's nomination on Twitter

But she will face an uncomfortable confirmation hearing at the Senate today, a prospect that nearly had her drop out of the nomination last Friday until the White House made clear it backs her all the way. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., referring to the upcoming hearing before the Senate intelligence committee. She was summoned to the White House on Friday for a meeting on her history in the CIA's controversial interrogation program - which employed techniques such as waterboarding that are widely seen as torture - and signaled that she was going to withdraw her nomination.

Without Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who is battling brain cancer, the Republicans hold a 50-49 majority in the Senate.

During the phone call, Trump dismissed concerns about Haspel's role in past interrogations of suspected terrorists and voiced support for her nomination, a separate source said.

Haspel had any involvement in Mr. Mohammed's detention or interrogation, Dean Boyd, a C.I.A. spokesman, said he was prohibited from commenting on her activities in 2003 given the sensitivity of her work. Another detainee also was waterboarded before Haspel's arrival. Ron Wyden, a senior Democrat on the committee, said he expects the most crucial portions of Haspel's confirmation hearing will be conducted behind closed doors, which he said sets a risky precedent. King, who caucuses with the Democrats, says he had a good private meeting with Haspel to discuss her nomination - but has further questions for her.

"It speaks well of him for picking a seasoned veteran of the agency who is widely and deeply respected by the workforce as well as those outside the agency", Clapper said at the time.

The Washington Post reported that she had offered to withdraw he nomination.

Feinstein told CBS's "Face the Nation" on April 22 that she's spoken to Haspel about the CIA's interrogation program and that the nominee "regrets it".

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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.

Haspel, a Central Intelligence Agency veteran of 33 years, in 2002 supervised a Central Intelligence Agency secret interrogation site in Thailand, where torture methods, including waterboarding, were used.

In the less than two months since Haspel's nomination to replace Mike Pompeo, now secretary of State, was announced, the deputy has faced increased scrutiny over her past.

Trump then phoned the staffers to push for Haspel to remain as nominee, the Post's sources said.

In the memo, Morell, who was following up on an investigation by a special prosecutor, found fault with Haspel's former boss at the time, Director of the National Clandestine Service Jose Rodriguez.

"Her confirmation is going to be interpreted not just as sweeping it under the rug, but people overseas are going to look at it as it's an implicit approval of that program", Ford told reporters on a conference call Tuesday.

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