That was when she said she would step aside to avoid a senate intelligence committee confirmation hearing on Wednesday that could damage the CIA, the officials said. "Think of that, in these very unsafe times, we have the most qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough on terror", Trump tweeted Monday morning, adding, "Win Gina!" She is expected to reiterate that publicly this week.
Haspel has received robust backing from former intelligence, diplomatic, military and national security officials, who praise her extensive intelligence career.
In addition, the Central Intelligence Agency has sent materials to the Senate, some classified, that the lawmakers can read to better understand not only her work in the Counterterrorism Center, which oversaw the harsh interrogation program, but also other aspects of her 33-year career, including more than 30 years undercover.
Haspel's supporters argue that while she drafted the cable, Rodriguez sent it without the approval of CIA Director Porter Goss and without informing Haspel that he would do so. She then returned to agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
Earlier the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also -a bit overzealously- dashed to defend Trump's nominee, facing harsh criticism for playing the feminist and women's empowerment card way too openly. She's not withdrawing her nomination. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said the more material she reads about Haspel's role in the interrogation program, including the destruction of tapes, the more unsettled she has become.
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By Saturday, Haspel had agreed to continue with her nomination, officials told the Post.
Haspel's troubles come on the heels of Trump's Veterans Affairs debacle.
The release of the disciplinary review may persuade some lawmakers who had been undecided to support Haspel, said congressional officials tracking the nomination process.
"I'm sorry, my eyes can not roll back enough in my head", New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg quipped on an MSNBC panel Sunday.
Just like different nominations, this one hit a road block however is straight back on trail, mentioned a third administration official familiar with the time and effort to acquire her confirmed.