Warner asks Haspel to fix 'unacceptable' public disclosure of her record

CIA Director-nominee Gina Haspel attends the ceremonial swearing in for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department in Washington

But Trump, who has several times expressed his support of torture, including waterboarding, today tweeted defending Haspel as "the most qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough on terror".

Haspel, nominated by Trump in March to run the CIA, is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.

"Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpBaldwin spotlights mother's drug addiction, efforts to combat opioid abuse in ad Giuliani says he's "focused on the law more than the facts right now" Cambridge Analytica ordered to hand over data on U.S. voter MORE's nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency over concerns about her role in enhanced interrogation techniques that are now widely regarded as torture, saying she should be "proud" of her work. That comparison is apt only in that she could and should face hard questioning from the Senate, as Mr. Trump's one-time nominee to lead the Veterans Administration would have.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called out Senate Democrats, in particular, in a tweet Saturday for refusing to support Haspel as the CIA's first female director. She served nearly entirely undercover and much of her record is classified. She was summoned to the White House on Friday for a meeting on her history in the CIA's controversial interrogation program - which employed techniques such as waterboarding that are widely seen as torture - and signaled that she was going to withdraw her nomination.

According to them, the proposal was Haspel to withdraw his candidacy was boosted by the growing supporters of her candidacy concern due to the fact that the White house staff may be concerned that her nomination is in jeopardy.

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On Wednesday, a top administration official told Newsmax that this week would be pivotal for current CIA Deputy Director Haspel. This is when she offered to withdraw, officials said.

Warner has also asked the Justice Department to provide the Senate Intelligence Committee with the full Justice Department report on the tapes incident that was written by the special prosecutor appointed to investigate the matter, who did not bring any charges. John McCain's prolonged absence due to his ongoing cancer treatment, the loss of support of even a couple Republicans in the hearing could sink Haspel's confirmation.

During his 2016 presidential bid, Trump claimed that "torture works".

Trump, who has urged Americans to be tougher on terrorists, highlighted Haspel's experience as a benefit.

According to numerous reports, key Al-Qaeda suspects Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were brutally interrogated, slammed against walls, and repeatedly waterboarded in 2002 in Thailand.

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