Trump Defends CIA Pick as 'Tough on Terror'

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune Attorney David Irvine speaks at a meeting of Salt Lake Indivisible a grass-roots bipartisan group organizing against President Donald Trump. The meeting was held at Wasatch Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City Wedne

Ms. Haspel's confirmation hearing is set for Wednesday.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to guilt feminist Democrats into backing CIA deputy director Gina Haspel to head the agency - despite accusations of past support for waterboarding - because she's a woman.

For weeks the Democrats have been calling for Haspel's candidacy to be disqualified because she is known to have waterboarded suspects in Thailand, and also apparently because she was Trump's nominee.

"Those officials said the material was not revelations that have been unearthed in recent months, but the White House wanted to hear Haspel's explanation of it".

Gina Haspel, President Trump's pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency, offered on Friday to withdraw her nomination, after several White House officials told her they weren't sure she'd be able to get confirmed because of the controversy surrounding her past work at a "black site" and her destruction of tapes showing terrorism suspects being waterboarded, several people with knowledge of the matter told CNN on Sunday.

Two sources said Haspel participated in a practice session Friday - called a "murder board" - to prepare for the hearing, a sign the nomination was moving forward. She was interested in avoiding the hearing in order to preserve her reputation. While answering mock questions from Congress, White House officials learned new information and became "concerned". According to The Washington Post, she conveyed her intention to withdraw her nomination soon thereafter.

After her offer to withdraw, White House aides worked to reassure her that she had the president's support.

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Conroy served as House chaplain since Ryan's predecessor, Republican John Boehner, nominated him in 2011. The chaplain of the House of Representatives , who was recently forced to resign by Speaker Paul D.

Meanwhile, the pieces of information that are known about Haspel are disturbing to those who oppose torture.

Many details of Haspel's work remain classified.

The destruction of the tapes is a key issue for Senate critics of Haspel, who complain that public agency disclosures regarding its interrogation programs have been inadequate.

Gina Haspel, quite simply, is one of Trump's most capable and distinguished appointments.

Haspel's troubles come on the heels of Trump's Veterans Affairs debacle.

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

"I'm sorry, my eyes can not roll back enough in my head", New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg quipped on an MSNBC panel Sunday. Goldberg added: "They're not supportive of women".

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