'Fox & Friends' host: Trump CIA nominee should be 'proud' of enhanced interrogation


President Donald Trump defended Haspel in a tweet Monday morning, saying Democrats oppose her because "she is too tough on terror".

Not only will she be testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the official said, but the White House will continue rolling out major endorsements of Haspel from Democrats and Trump critics. The president's failure to vet nominees to lead massive, complex government agencies has given us such gems as Scott Pruitt, who's been dogged by scandal since taking office, and Betsy DeVos, who barely scraped by after stumbling repeatedly during questioning.

It's important to know Ms. Haspel's views on the Bush-era torture program and particularly to hear her side of the story on the destruction of videotapes of waterboarding.

Haspel feared becoming "the next Ronny Jackson", the White House physician who withdrew his nomination as Veterans Affairs secretary amid questions about alleged misconduct on the job, one official told the Post.

"My highly respected nominee for CIA Director, " Gina Haspel, has come under fire as she was too tough.

Warner's letter and the additional classified documents come ahead of Haspel's Wednesday confirmation hearing, in which Haspel's performance may determine whether she can secure enough votes to be confirmed as the first female director at Langley.

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Despite opposition from the Senate, the intelligence community largely rallied alongside Haspel.

During the meeting, Haspel offered to withdraw if that would help the situation, two of the sources said.

More than 50 former intelligence, national security, and government officials from Republican and Democratic administrations supported Haspel's nomination in an April letter signed by, among others, former CIA directors and acting directors John Brennan, Leon Panetta, Michael Morell, Gen. Michael Hayden, George Tenet, Porter Goss, and John McLaughlin.

Her career has brought her to the United Kingdom twice, where she acted as the chief of the London station.

Haspel, who has been at the Central Intelligence Agency for more than three decades, faces a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday that's shaping up to be a tough ride for the career agent. (A recently declassified C.I.A. review found that Haspel was not at fault for the tapes' destruction, as it was the decision of her boss at the time.) "To promote someone so heavily involved in the torture program to the top position at the C.I.A.is a move that I'm very wary of", said California Senator Dianne Feinstein. We need to understand not only what she did and why but what her views are on torture going forward.

"Haspel was not the architect of the CIA's enhanced interrogations".