Gina Haspel tried to withdraw his candidacy to head the Central Intelligence Agency

President Donald Trump defended Gina Haspel - his nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director who has faced headwinds in her nomination process because of her ties to the CIA's torture program - on Twitter Monday morning. He chose to push for Haspel to remain as the nominee after initially signaling he would support whatever decision was taken, administration officials said.

Haspel, who serves as the CIA's deputy director and has spent 33 years in the agency, most of it undercover, faces some opposition in Congress because of her connection to the interrogation program that was set up after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

"And she could even, if she wanted to, if they could unclassify everything, tell us everything that you were able to pick up, because in Jose Rodriguez's book - it's in Jim Mitchell's book", he continued.

Another part of the Haspel-for-CIA strategy unveiled by the administration is to declassify certain documents that shed more light on her work overseas. Haspel was later involved in the CIA's destruction of some 100 videotaped recordings of those interrogation sessions. But after Sanders and White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short spoke to her, Haspel reconsidered, according to multiple outlets.

"My highly respected nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists", Trump wrote. Those who know the true Gina Haspel - who worked with her, served with her, who helped her confront terrorism, Russian Federation and countless other threats to our nation - they nearly uniformly support her.

Former agency director Mike Pompeo, the new secretary of state, also faced scrutiny during his nomination process.

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Ms. Haspel is the current CIA acting director and much of her 33-year career with the nation's leading intelligence service remains classified.

It was at that meeting she apparently indicated her interest in withdrawing, reportedly fearing the Senate questioning could damage her reputation and the CIA's. Republicans have only a 51-to-49 majority in the Senate, and with Sen.

Trump's comments garnered the now-daily outraged reaction online, with many highlighting the president's own hypocrisy and failure to recognize the inherent ineffectiveness of torture.

Terrorist suspects were subjected to techniques such as waterboarding, which simulates drowning.

Haspel's conversations with senators will continue ahead of Wednesday's confirmation hearing at the Senate Intelligence Committee and a later full vote in the Senate. Trump argued that Haspel was "too tough on terrorists" for the Democrats.

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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