Gina Haspel confirmed as 1st woman to lead the CIA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran spy Gina Haspel will become the first female director of the CIA after six Democrats joined Republicans in a Senate confirmation vote that overrode concerns about her role in the spy agency’s harsh interrogation program after 9/11. Thursday’s 54-45 vote split both parties, and the margin was the closest for a […]

Confirmation vote for CIA chief brings out Democratic rift

 WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 […]

CIA nominee says she wouldn’t restart interrogation program

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next CIA director says that if she is confirmed by the Senate, the spy agency will not undertake a detention and harsh interrogation program like the one used after 9/11. The CIA released excerpts of the opening remarks Gina Haspel will make at her confirmation […]

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 […]

Trump’s pick to lead CIA to face questions about torture

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next director of the CIA is a career spymaster who oversaw torture at a secret prison during one of the darkest chapters in the agency’s history. If confirmed, 61-year-old Gina Haspel would become the first woman to lead the CIA. Colleagues describe her as a […]