The fate of Gina Haspel’s nomination to be the first female director of the CIA may come down to her performance in a situation she’s never before encountered: a Senate confirmation hearing.When Haspel goes before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, Republicans are bracing for what they expect will be a contentious, politically fraught hearing where Democrats will grill the nominee on her time in the CIA — in particular the period after September 11, 2001, when she supervised one of the CIA’s black sites, and her role in the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes.It will be an unfamiliar and potentially uncomfortable position for the 33-year CIA veteran, who has spent the vast majority of her career undercover.Haspel directly addressed the issue of interrogation techniques in excerpts of her prepared statement released by the CIA on Tuesday evening.”I understand that what many people around the country want to know about are my views on CIA’s former detention and interrogation program,” she is expected to say, according to the excerpted testimony. “I have views on this issue, and I want to be clear. Having served in that tumultuous time, I can offer you my personal commitment, clearly and without reservation, that… Read full this story
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