White House scrambling to shore up support for Trump's Central Intelligence Agency pick

President Donald Trump touted Haspel's nomination on Twitter

Trump said on Twitter that Haspel has "come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists".

"Looking forward to Wednesday", a smiling Haspel told reporters as she breezed into the office of Sen.

An undercover officer for most of her more than 30-year career, Haspel in 2002 briefly served as CIA station chief in Thailand, where the agency ran one of the secret prisons where suspected al Qaeda extremists were interrogated using procedures that included waterboarding, which simulates drowning.

He also said the American people would get a chance to hear from her directly at her confirmation hearing on Wednesday. "It's wonderful to watch the media disparage and attack women of real substance while they laud a woman who spends most of her time hanging off a pole half or completely naked".

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Haspel, the deputy director of the agency, told the White House Friday she was interested in pulling her nomination if it meant a confirmation hearing that could prove damaging to both her and the CIA could be avoided. Rand Paul of Kentucky has already vowed not to vote for her because of her role in the torture program.

'As far as I'm concerned, we have to fight fire with fire, ' Trump said previous year in defense of waterboarding.

Warner on Monday wrote a letter to Haspel, obtained by CNN, saying that the Central Intelligence Agency has failed to make public the leadership and supervisory positions Haspel held at Central Intelligence Agency headquarters.

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The CIA responded by saying it had sent more classified documents to the Senate covering her "actual and outstanding record", beginning with her work for the agency's Counter-Terrorism Center after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

With dozens of Democrats saying they will vote against her, support from Maine's senators could be pivotal.

Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Washington.

Unnamed national security officials and Republicans are making contingency plans, CNN reported, in case the nomination falls through.

The White House is expected to announce the date and location of Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. One Republican lawmaker warned Trump in a recent conversation that the White House's citation last week of supportive statements from James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, and John Brennan, former CIA director, did more to generate opposition to Haspel among some conservatives than support for her, one source familiar with the talk said. But senators on both sides of the aisle have voiced concern over her nomination to lead the agency because of her past ties to a brutal interrogation program used terror suspects following the September 11 attacks.

Robert Ford, a former USA ambassador to Syria, said confirming Haspel could undercut US efforts to promote human rights because she'll always be identified with the enhanced interrogation program.

The top US Senate Intelligence Committee Democrat urged President Donald Trump's pick for CIA director on Monday to declassify more records of her work as a top official at the agency, including any possible involvement in its interrogation program.

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