Haspel offered to withdraw as nominee for Central Intelligence Agency chief: WP

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel

President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, is not withdrawing her nomination and believes she has the right "kind of experience the nation needs right now", NBC News national security analyst Jeremy Bash said Sunday on MSNBC.

Several unidentified senior U.S. officials told The Washington Post that Haspel was anxious that the increasing scrutiny over her role in the agency's interrogation program would tarnish her reputation and that of the CIA, the newspaper reported on Sunday.

White House officials apparently rushed to support Haspel Friday and secure her as a nominee ahead of Wednesday's Senate hearing.

White House aides later held talks... The officials, who are familiar with her meetings on Capitol Hill, were not authorized to discuss her private conversations with the senators and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

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Haspel was personally involved in the torture of detainees during the Bush administration.

"No senator should agree to even vote on the Haspel nomination until or unless Central Intelligence Agency truly opens its books to the American people about her role in the use of torture", Anders said.

"Haspel would have been aware of the deficiencies in the program", he said, given her positions with the CIA's counterterrorism center, or CTC, and field operations from 2001 to 2008.

Starting Wednesday, Haspel faces a contentious affirmation listening to earlier than the Senate Intelligence Committee, forward of what the White Home acknowledges will doubtless be a detailed affirmation vote on the Senate ground. The 33-year-old veteran of the force served most of her career nearly entirely undercover and much of her record is classified.

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Haspel's nomination has encountered opposition over her role in a defunct program in which the agency detained and interrogated al Qaeda suspects in secret prisons overseas using techniques widely condemned as torture.

If Haspel's nomination advances to the Senate, she would wish backing from at the very least 50 senators.

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. John McCain, R-Ariz., who's battling mind most cancers and recuperating in Arizona after latest surgical procedure, Republicans maintain a 50-49 benefit within the Senate.

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