Records on Central Intelligence Agency nominee will not be made public - key USA lawmaker

THERE'S A PATTERN HERE Gina Haspel nominee to be director of the CIA and Marc Short White House legislative affairs director arrive in Hart Building for meetings with Sen. Joe Manchin

THERE'S A PATTERN HERE Gina Haspel nominee to be director of the CIA and Marc Short White House legislative affairs director arrive in Hart Building for meetings with Sen. Joe Manchin

She had the opportunity to say no when she was asked to head the secret prison.

Whether or not the Senate confirms Haspel, the very fact of her nomination defines Trump as a fatally callous leader totally contemptuous of basic human rights and the rule of law.

Republicans are looking to the same coalition of Democrats who backed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in order to get Haspel over the finish line -- Democratic senators up for re-election in states Trump won in 2016.

President Trump says he'll announce within the next few hours whether the U.S. will quit the Iran nuclear deal.

'[In] my meetings with Gina, she was 100 per cent committed to being the best nominee we could find, ' Short said.

Democrats, including Sen. Ron Wyden of OR, continue to ask the administration to declassify more detail about Haspel's involvement in the program, which stained America's reputation overseas. Dianne Feinstein of California and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico.

Wyden and other Democrats say they're not buying it. Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona is battling cancer and not expected to vote.

"I'm looking forward to Wednesday", Haspel said after meeting with Sen. She told reporters the sessions had been "great".

The CIA and White House have sought to thwart criticism of Haspel, even after The Washington Post and Associated Press reported over the weekend that she had considered withdrawing her nomination because of concern that the hearing could damage the agency's reputation.

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Since taking office, Trump has suggested he would defer to the judgment of retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, his secretary of Defense, who has said that torture isn't as effective as sitting down with "a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers".

According to Col. Wilkerson, Tenet did not tell Powell that this "intelligence" came from a source, Abu Yahya al-Libi, who had been "rendered" to and waterboarded by Egyptian intelligence. As such, those who'd mindlessly portray her as a "torture queen" are doing a great disservice, not only to Haspel herself, but also to the Central Intelligence Agency and the nation as a whole.

The ads paid for by America First are running as Republican primary voters decide Tuesday who will face the second-term Democrat in a fall election both parties see as critical to Senate control. Sources told the Post that Haspel was anxious the questions raised in the confirmation hearing could harm both the CIA's - and her own - credibility. He said Democrats and other opponents have engaged in "character assassination" before giving her the opportunity to answer questions and defend herself.

More importantly, noted the national security analysts, the fight over details about Haspel's role in the CIA's rendition program more than two decades after 9/11 obscures a larger, more than significant issue: accountability.

He said he was concerned the agency "has opened itself up to criticism" that it released only favorable information about her work, "while suppressing related items that could reflect negatively".

She was the chief of a secret prison, where she oversaw the implementation of the torture program and was personally responsible for directing the torture of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing.

Ali Soufan, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who interrogated high-value terror detainees, said he has concerns about how Haspel drafted a cable ordering the destruction of 92 videotapes made at the Thailand site. It found the agency's techniques were far more brutal and less effective than publicly portrayed.

Haspel's conversations with senators continue ahead of Wednesday's confirmation hearing at the Senate Intelligence Committee and a later full vote in the Senate.

Haspel's vow to fight any attempt to resurrect the program could put her at odds with Trump, who spoke in the campaign about toughening the USA approach to fighting extremists and vowed to authorize waterboarding and a "hell of a lot worse".

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