CIA Director

WASHINGTON | AP source: CIA director to brief senators on Khashoggi death

WASHINGTON — CIA Director Gina Haspel is expected to brief Senate leaders on the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as senators weigh their next steps in possibly punishing the longtime Middle East ally over the killing. The CIA director is set Tuesday to meet Republican and Democratic Senate leaders, as well as the chairmen … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP source: CIA director to brief senators on Khashoggi death

WASHINGTON | Trump criticizes war hero for not killing bin Laden sooner

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump has ignited a firestorm of criticism and charges that he is politicizing the military by faulting a war hero for not killing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner. Trump took verbal shots at retired Adm. William McRaven in a weekend Fox News interview in which he also asserted that the former … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump criticizes war hero for not killing bin Laden sooner

WASHINGTON | Retired admiral who criticized Trump leaves Pentagon board

WASHINGTON— The Pentagon says the retired Navy admiral who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden resigned from a Defense Department advisory board, after his criticism of President Donald Trump’s decision to revoke a former CIA director’s security clearance. Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a Pentagon spokeswoman, says William McRaven, former head of U.S. Special … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Retired admiral who criticized Trump leaves Pentagon board

WASHINGTON | Trump elevates Brennan in proxy fight over Mueller probe

WASHINGTON — With tweets and taunts, President Donald Trump is attempting to turn one of his most outspoken critics into the public face of the Russia probe that he has long worked to discredit. In John Brennan, the blunt former CIA director, Trump believes he has found an unsympathetic foil — one with whom he … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump elevates Brennan in proxy fight over Mueller probe

WASHINGTON | Gina Haspel confirmed as new CIA director

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran spy Gina Haspel will become the first female director of the CIA on Thursday after six Democrats joined Republicans in a Senate confirmation vote that overrode concerns about her role in the spy agency’s harsh interrogation program after 9/11. The 54-45 vote split both parties, and the margin was the closest … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Gina Haspel confirmed as new CIA director

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump-backed congressman wins US Senate primary

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday’s primaries in four states (all times local): 9:25 p.m. U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (ruh-NAY’-see) has won the Republican primary to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio this fall. Renacci had the backing of President Donald Trump ahead of Tuesday’s five-way contest. Also in the race were … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump-backed congressman wins US Senate primary

WASHINGTON |The Latest: Panel approves Pompeo for secretary of state

WASHINGTON | April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Latest on the nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state (all times local): 6:30 p.m. President Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a favorable recommendation, narrowly avoiding a rare rebuke as his confirmation heads to the … Continue reading WASHINGTON |The Latest: Panel approves Pompeo for secretary of state