News ID: 22550
Publish Date: 9:04 - 07 May 2018
TEHRAN, May 7 - Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, sought to withdraw over concerns about her role in the agency’s torture program, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday.

TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) – Haspel’s offer to withdraw on Friday was prompted by growing concern among her supporters that White House staff were becoming nervous that the nomination was in trouble, the sources said.

The Washington Post first reported her offer to withdraw.

Haspel was summoned to the White House on Friday for a meeting to discuss her history in the interrogation program that employed torture techniques, including waterboarding, the Post reported, citing four unidentified senior U.S. officials.

Much of what Haspel has done during her 33-year tenure is classified. The most controversial part of her career came after the 9/11 attacks, when she was put in charge of a secret CIA black site in Thailand, where at least two al-Qaeda suspects were tortured during interrogation.

Haspel, 61, has never held a political appointment and would become the first woman the head the CIA if confirmed by the Senate.

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