Trump brazenly endorses the use of torture while defending Central Intelligence Agency nominee

He recanted that position, but given his complaint on Twitter Monday morning that Ms. Haspel had "come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists", there's reason to doubt the sincerity of his earlier pledges to follow worldwide law.

"Think, unsafe times we have the most qualified candidate, the woman that Democrats want to withdraw from the game because it is too hard on terror".

Kilmeade then launched into a defense of Haspel's record, saying she should "just explain what she was doing" when she testifies. A Senate committee hearing on her nomination is scheduled for Wednesday.

Former agency director Mike Pompeo, the new secretary of state, also faced scrutiny during his nomination process. "Any Democrat who claims to support women's empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite".

On Saturday the White house said that Gina had Haspel will not withdraw his candidacy, leads the publication the words of unnamed officials.

The White House is pulling out all the stops to secure confirmation of Gina Haspel as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. But most crucially, we need to hear her renounce the use of waterboarding and other cruel interrogation techniques because there is no reason to believe the president she would serve would shy away from pressing for their use.

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".

White House aides on Friday sought out additional details about her involvement in the CIA's now-defunct programme of detaining and brutally interrogating terror suspects after 9/11 as they prepared her for Wednesday's confirmation hearing.

"Ms. Haspel also appears to have strongly advocated for and played a key role in carrying out an order to destroy 92 videotapes of individuals in US custody being subjected to torture", the former leaders said in their letter. "All green-lighted during her 32-year career".

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. "Those who know the true Gina Haspel - who worked with her, who served with her, who helped her confront terrorism, Russian Federation and countless other threats to our nation - they nearly uniformly support her". I've worked under directors whom the president didn't trust, and even some who weren't welcome at the White House.

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


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