CIA nominee

WASHINGTON  | Confirmation vote for CIA nominee exposes Democratic rift

WASHINGTON  — The political schism in the Democratic Party is playing out in the confirmation vote for Gina Haspel as CIA director, as support from red-state senators facing re-election bumps up against a more liberal flank eyeing potential 2020 presidential bids and rejecting the nominee over the agency’s clouded history of torture. Haspel’s confirmation became … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Confirmation vote for CIA nominee exposes Democratic rift

WASHINGTON | GOP pushes for speedy confirmation vote for CIA nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are pushing for a speedy confirmation vote as early as Thursday after the Senate intelligence committee endorsed President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee Gina Haspel to lead the spy agency. But opponents concerned about Haspel’s role in CIA covert detention sites after 9/11 could delay a vote by the full Senate until … Continue reading WASHINGTON | GOP pushes for speedy confirmation vote for CIA nominee

WASHINGTON | CIA nominee says torture doesn’t work

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump’s nominee to be CIA director said Wednesday that she does not believe torture works and would not carry out any presidential order she thought was immoral. Facing tough questioning by members of the Senate intelligence committee, Gina Haspel insisted her “moral compass is strong.” If confirmed, she said she would not … Continue reading WASHINGTON | CIA nominee says torture doesn’t work

WASHINGTON | CIA nominee say torture doesn’t work, ‘moral compass’ strong

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s nominee to be CIA director said Wednesday that she does not believe torture works and she would not carry out any presidential order she thought was immoral. Facing tough questioning by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Gina Haspel said her “moral compass is strong.” “I would not allow CIA … Continue reading WASHINGTON | CIA nominee say torture doesn’t work, ‘moral compass’ strong

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Haspel introduced by former senators

WASHINGTON— The Latest on CIA nominee Gina Haspel (all times local): 10:10 a.m. Former senators Evan Bayh and Saxby Chambliss have introduced CIA nominee Gina Haspel at her confirmation hearing. Bayh, a Democrat from Indiana, and Chambliss, a Republican from Georgia, served on the Senate intelligence committee during Haspel’s tenure at the CIA. Chambliss says … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Haspel introduced by former senators

WASHINGTON  | The Latest: Protesters arrested at hearing for CIA nominee

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on CIA nominee Gina Haspel (all times local): 9:30 .am. A handful of protesters are being arrested before a confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as director of the CIA. The protesters began yelling, “stop the torture, stop the torture” and “don’t reward torture.” U.S. Capitol Police quickly … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | The Latest: Protesters arrested at hearing for CIA nominee

WASHINGTON  | Trump defends CIA nominee, says she is ‘tough on terror’

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump on Monday defended Gina Haspel, his nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, dismissing debate over her involvement in a harsh interrogation program and arguing Democrats want her out because she “is too tough on terror.” Trump said on Twitter that Haspel has “come under fire because she was too … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Trump defends CIA nominee, says she is ‘tough on terror’

WASHINGTON  | Debate underway ahead of hearing for Trump’s CIA nominee

WASHINGTON  — With few details about Gina Haspel’s undercover career, debate over President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA descended into verbal spatting between those who praise her experience and others who want her disqualified because of her role in the spy agency’s harsh interrogation of terror subjects after 9/11. Haspel faces a contentious … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Debate underway ahead of hearing for Trump’s CIA nominee