Trump CIA nominee offered to withdraw: report
Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee for CIA director, reportedly offered to withdraw over the weekend amid concerns her role in an interrogation program may derail her confirmation.
The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Haspel met with White House officials on Friday to discuss her involvement in an interrogation program during the George W. Bush administration that used techniques that are widely regarded as torture.
As officials raised concerns about material that illustrated Haspel’s involvement in the program, Haspel indicated she’d be willing to step aside rather than continue with the confirmation process, the Post reported.
White House officials, including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and legislative director Marc Short, reportedly met with Haspel on Friday for several hours.
An administration official told the Post that Haspel’s nomination will continue as planned. Her confirmation hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
Haspel took over last week as acting CIA director upon Mike Pompeo’s confirmation as secretary of State.
However, her nomination to lead the agency full time has faced some opposition because of her involvement in the interrogation program and subsequent destruction of tapes that documented interrogations at a CIA “black site.”