Haspel offered to withdraw her CIA director nomination
WASHINGTON – President Trump’s nominee for CIA director got cold feet Friday just days before her high-stakes Senate confirmation hearing and offered to drop out, according to a new report Sunday.
Slated for a Senate grilling Wednesday about the agency’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboardin, Gina Haspel offered to withdraw her nomination, according to the Washington Post.
Her intent to step down and avoid a Senate spectacle over torture took White House aides aback. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Legislative Director Marc Short rushed to CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. , Friday and successfully convinced her to stay on board, the newspaper reported.
Haspel faces an uphill climb as many Democrats have expressed reservations as well as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
Paul initially said he’d reject Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, but eventually changed his mind after talking to Trump.
If confirmed, Haspel would become the first female head of the Central Intelligence Agency. She’s spent three decades at the CIA.
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