Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Gina Haspel sought to withdraw

Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Gina Haspel sought to withdraw

President Donald Trump's pick to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, sought to withdraw her nomination on Friday amid concerns that details about her role in the agency's torture program would sink the possibility of a successful confirmation, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

"Haspel told the White House she was interested in stepping aside if it avoided the spectacle of a brutal confirmation hearing on Wednesday and potential damage to the CIA's reputation and her own, the officials said".

A senior White House official also said Sunday that Haspel will not withdraw her nomination.

Ms. Haspel was embroiled in another dark chapter in the C.I.A.'s interrogation program - one that is likely to resurface during her confirmation hearing.

"There has been a fascinating phenomenon over the last few weeks".

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"I think there is - there was concern, I think she broached it that, hey, if we're going to re-open some of the wounds from 2002, 2003, when three individuals in USA custody were waterboarded, including Khalid Sheikh Muhammad who beheaded Daniel Pearl, the "Wall Street Journal" reporter, if we're going to go back to these discussions, go back to those debates, that might harm the Central Intelligence Agency as an institution", Bash said. She's not withdrawing her nomination.

Some White House officials were concerned by material being raised in questions from Congress, information they were just learning about, according to the US officials. Jackson no longer works as Trump's personal physician but remains in the White House Medical Unit.

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. The 33-year-old veteran of the force served most of her career nearly entirely undercover and much of her record is classified. She then returned to agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia. She is expected to reiterate that publicly this week.

As with other nominations, this one hit a roadblock but is back on track, said a third administration official familiar with the effort to get her confirmed.

She has received robust backing from former intelligence, diplomatic, military and national security officials, who praise her extensive intelligence career.