Gina Haspel to be ask questions on waterboarding
Questions of torture linger over CIA Director pick Gina Haspel’s past President Trump wants CIA deputy director Gina Haspel to lead the agency when CIA Director Mike Pompeo replaces ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. She would be the first woman in that job, but there are concerns about her role in the agency’s aggressive interrogations. Jeff Pegues reports.
WATCH LIVE: Gina Haspel, Trump’s pick for CIA director, to testify during confirmation hearing
WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee hinges on how well she fields tough questions Wednesday from senators who want details of her time running a covert detention site where terror suspects were brutally interrogated after 9/11 and an explanation for why she wanted videos of the sessions destroyed.
Gina Haspel, a 61-year-old career undercover spy who is currently acting CIA director, has been practicing her answers at mock confirmation hearings with former top intelligence officials. Many of them praise her 33-year tenure at the agency in foreign and domestic assignments, and she received glowing endorsements from Republican senators on the eve of the hearing.
Gina Haspel is expected to testify starting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Watch live in the player above.
“I know that some have requested the documents that deal with covert action be made public and declassified,” Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday. “That has never happened in the history of the CIA, and it’s not going to happen with Gina Haspel’s nomination.” to learn more go to the link below: