Shane Harris on the Gina Haspel Nomination

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel waves as she arrives for her meeting

'My highly respected nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists.

CIA nominee Gina Haspel tried to convince skeptical Democrats on Monday that she's the right person to lead the spy agency, just two days after she offered to step aside amid heavy criticism of her role in the agency's brutal interrogation program at black sites overseas. "Any Democrat who claims to support women's empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite".

Haspel, who considered withdrawing over her role in the controversial interrgation program, faces a tough Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, and her nomination remains uncertain.

But Haspel's opponents, including human rights groups and some former military and intelligence officials, say the Central Intelligence Agency hasn't fully disclosed her role in "enhanced interrogation" programs after the September 11 attacks.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Haspel, the deputy director of the agency, told the White House Friday she was interested in pulling her nomination if it meant a confirmation hearing that could prove damaging to both her and the CIA could be avoided.

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Haspel had any involvement in Mr. Mohammed's detention or interrogation, Dean Boyd, a C.I.A. spokesman, said he was prohibited from commenting on her activities in 2003 given the sensitivity of her work.

Ms Haspel is "exceptionally well respected" in the agency, former CIA director John Brennan said last week. He said a memo drafted by Haspel calling for the destruction of interrogation tapes - which were shredded in 2005 - was ordered by Rodriguez and that she believed Rodriguez would seek permission from then-CIA Director Porter Goss before carrying it out. But Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the Intelligence panel's top Democrat, sent a letter to Haspel Monday saying the level of disclosure so far is "unacceptable". Warner also wrote that the information the CIA has released thus far about Haspel, who is now acting CIA director, opens the agency up "to the criticism that it is only releasing favorable materials while suppressing related items that could reflect negatively". The source did not say what the documents contain because they're classified. Those officials said the material was not revelations that have been unearthed in recent months, but the White House wanted to hear Haspel's explanation of it.

President Donald Trump called for Tester to resign in April over his past opposition to Ronny Jackson's nomination for secretary of veterans affairs.

"What would she do if the president of the United States ordered a re-instituting of that kind interrogation of detainees?" Trump administration officials talked her out of it. She was also chief of staff to the director of the National Clandestine Service, Jose Rodriguez, in 2005 when the Central Intelligence Agency tapes of interrogations were destroyed.

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