Trump's Central Intelligence Agency nominee sought to withdraw over interrogation role

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel

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.

By Saturday, the officials said, Haspel had agreed to continue with her nomination.

Trump says Democrats want to defeat Haspel's nomination because she is "too tough on terror". She is likely to still be confirmed, however, since Republicans hold the slim majority in the Senate. But it also lays the groundwork for Haspel to withdraw ahead of her confirmation hearing if it becomes apparent that the nomination can not succeed.

Haspel has already asked the White house from its inception that became an unpleasant surprise for the US President Donald trump, the newspaper the Washington Post.

Trump's tweet echoes White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders' tweet over the weekend that also framed Haspel's nomination as a women's issue: "Any Democrat who claims to support women's empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite", Sanders tweeted.

Haspel, who would be the first woman to lead the CIA, is the first career operations officer to be nominated to lead the agency in decades.

Haspel told the White House she was interested in stepping aside if it avoided the spectacle of a brutal confirmation hearing Wednesday and potential damage to the CIA's reputation and her own, the officials said.

"There has been a fascinating phenomenon over the last few weeks".

She served the agency for 33 years, nearly all of them undercover, and much of her record is classified.

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. If Bash is telling the truth, and there is no reason to believe that he is not, Haspel will have the opportunity to be appointed the first female Central Intelligence Agency director.

The official who conducted the review, former acting CIA Director Michael Morell, told CNN that Haspel had merely drafted a cable under instruction from her boss, former clandestine chief Jose Rodriguez, "that he sent, under his name and authority, ordering that the tapes be destroyed". While the CIA recently agreed to shed light on some of her records, the intelligence agency maintained that certain details about her career must remain classified.

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