Trump nominee to head CIA offered to drop out over interrogation concerns

Gina Haspel offered to withdraw as President Trump’s nominee to be the next CIA director over concerns that her role in harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists could derail her confirmation, news outlets reported Sunday, citing several senior U.S. officials. Haspel reportedly told the White House on Friday about her desire to bow out, saying she wanted to prevent the confirmation battle from damaging her reputation and that of the CIA. White House officials rushed to meet with her at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and received assurances on Saturday that she would stick it out. Haspel, a longtime undercover operative now serving as the agency’s deputy director, was chief at a covert detention site in Thailand where two terrorism suspects were waterboarded after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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