Gina Haspel

The Trump administration sure does sell books

In any other administration, the news regarding North Korea — a secret mission by the CIA director to meet with <b>Kim Jong Un,</b> followed by tantalizing hints of North Korean negotiating flexibility — would have blotted out all other topics this week.<p>This being the Trump administration, the Korea news …

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The CIA Introduces Gina Haspel After Her Long Career Undercover

Gina Haspel, the first woman nominated to lead the CIA, has a five-foot-tall poster of Johnny Cash in her office. She's an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan — though she transferred from that school and graduated from the rival University of Louisville. She majored in journalism.<p>All these …

News

CIA nominee Gina Haspel faces uphill confirmation battle

Some Democrats are publicly sounding the alarm while some Republicans are doing so privately.<p>WASHINGTON — Gina Haspel’s path to confirmation as the nation’s next CIA director is shaping up to be a rocky and uncertain one in the Senate, with Democrats publicly sounding the alarm about her background …

Politics

While criminal investigation continues, Democrats sue Trump campaign over alleged Russia collusion

The Democratic National Committee has sued Russia, President Trump’s campaign, WikiLeaks and others on Friday, alleging a broad conspiracy to influence the 2016 presidential election.<p>The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Manhattan, said “the Trump campaign and its agents gleefully …

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How The C.I.A. Is Waging an Influence Campaign to Get a New Director Confirmed

WASHINGTON — Central Intelligence Agency operatives have long run covert influence campaigns overseas. Now, the agency has brought an overt version of those operations to Washington.<p>The C.I.A. is mounting an unusually active, not very secret campaign to ensure its deputy director, Gina Haspel, a …

U.S. Politics

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done” 2018 1st Qtr Brief

Since the Trump Presidency began back in January, we have endeavored to maintain a comprehensive listing of all the administrations misdeeds in the</i> …

Trump Administration

Rex Tillerson Accuses Jared Kushner of Stirring Up Firing Rumors: Report

Freshly fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested that President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, was responsible …

Donald Trump

Playbook: NAFTA concerns rock Capitol Hill

Driving the Day<p><b>SIREN -- NAFTA CONCERNS EXPLODE ON THE HILL …</b> Senior Republican aides on Capitol Hill are growing increasingly concerned about their ability to ratify a NAFTA deal that the White House cuts. They worry that if the president’s negotiators come to an agreement in the coming months, …

U.S. Politics

White House plows ahead with Pompeo nomination: Senate Foreign Relations committee will take a vote on Trump's secretary of state nominee next week

• <b>President Trump confirmed reports that Mike Pompeo went to Pyongyang</b>• <b><br>Visit came before Pompeo's confirmation hearing for secretary of state</b>• <b><br>Trump said</b> …

North Korea

How the CIA’s secret torture program sparked a public reckoning in North Carolina

President Donald Trump’s nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel, is reported to have overseen a U.S. site in Thailand where torture of a suspected …

Opinion

Inside the Comey memos

We’re wrapping up the first week of The Hill's <b>Morning Report</b>, and three cheers for Friday! This comprehensive morning email, a successor to The …

Donald Trump

McConnell, the Senate’s decider, discovers the limits of his control

Mitch McConnell is correct when he boasts of being the Senate’s decider, the person who determines which bills and nominations get considered.<p>“I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor. That’s my responsibility as the majority leader. And we will not be having this on the floor of the …

Politics

Replacing ousted Cabinet heads has become harder than Trump planned

First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter<p>WASHINGTON — When President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson a month ago (it seems much longer than that, right?), he and his team probably didn’t …

Politics

Anti-Torture Groups Are Pushing Congress to Block Trump's Nominee to Head the CIA

Outside groups are upping the pressure on Senators to reject President Donald Trump’s controversial nominee to direct the Central Intelligence …

U.S. Politics

The CIA Is Getting a Private-Sector Makeover

Brian Bulatao remembers the call as if it came yesterday. After the 2016 election, he was on the phone with his old buddy Mike Pompeo, congratulating …

Private Sector

Family of Afghan man tortured by CIA demands US reveal location of his body

Gul Rahman was killed in a secret CIA interrogation facility where he endured being doused with frigid water and shackled naked<p>It took almost 15 years for Gul Rahman’s family to receive a direct acknowledgment that he had been killed in a secret CIA interrogation facility in Afghanistan.<p>Now the …

Politics

A 'Defining Moment' to Stand Against Torture as Human Rights Groups Demand Senate Reject Gina Haspel for CIA

As Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's pick to head the CIA, continues to face intense scrutiny over her "central" role in overseeing the Bush …

Rights & Freedoms

Gina Haspel, Trump’s Pick to Lead the CIA, ‘Ran the Interrogation Program,’ Said Former CIA Lawyer

Gina Haspel’s disputed role in torture threatens to derail her nomination to head the CIA. In 2014, a senior ex-CIA official was unequivocal: She was …

Cybercrime

John McCain was tortured as a POW in Vietnam. Will he help sink CIA nominee implicated in torture program?

Activists seeking to derail President Trump's nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA are looking to Sen. John McCain to cast the deciding vote — assuming he is well enough to return to Washington.<p>The 81-year-old Republican was diagnosed with brain cancer in July and last cast a vote in the …

Politics

Ron Wyden: Without declassified info, Gina Haspel's confirmation hearing will make 'mockery' of Senate

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said the upcoming confirmation hearing for Gina Haspel to lead the CIA will make a "mockery" of the upper chamber if senators …

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Why Trump’s pick for CIA Director needs to be stopped

Why Trump’s pick for CIA Director needs to be stopped<p>19 Apr 2018 at 09:06 ET<p>This article originally appeared on Just Security. Gina Haspel’s morally …

CIA

The Case Against John Doe, American Jihadist

It certainly wasn’t clear at the time—nor is it entirely clear today—but the beginning of the end of the war on terrorism as we know it might have …

Liberal View

Two CIA Vet Takes on CIA Nominee Haspel & Those Tapes

<i>The nomination hearing of Gina Haspel to lead the agency is shaping up to be a bruising interrogation over Haspel’s role in the destruction of</i> …

National Security

Trump's NASA nominee advances after floor drama

The Senate narrowly advanced President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: US, North Korea holding talks at 'very high levels' Hoyer: Dems eying ways to …

Republicans

Michael Cohen, Most Loyal Guy, Until He Isn’t! Wonkagenda For Thurs., April 19, 2018

Morning Wonketariat! Here’s some of the things we <i>may</i> be talking about today.<p>Trump’s congressional minions are trying to put the screws to Rod …

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Trump says he’d bail on North Korea talks if they’re not ‘fruitful’

<i>With Eli Okun, Connor O’Brien, Jacqueline Klimas and Wesley Morgan</i><p><b>TRUMP SAYS HE’D BAIL ON NORTH KOREA TALKS IF THEY’RE NOT ‘FRUITFUL,’</b> via POLITICO’s Cristiano Lima: “President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is prepared to walk away from diplomatic discussions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un …

North Korea

The Pompeo decision should be easy for red-state Democrats

Secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo may not get a thumbs-up from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. With libertarian, non-interventionist Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in the “no” camp, an otherwise straight party-line vote would give him 10 votes in favor, and 11 opposed to confirmation. Senate …

Opinion

Trump's CIA pick faces growing Hill scrutiny over destruction of interrogation tapes

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump's choice to run the CIA has privately faced a barrage of questions from senators over her role in the Bush-era destruction of CIA interrogation tapes, but she still hasn't alleviated a number of concerns about the matter ahead of her confirmation hearings.<p>The issue …

U.S. Politics

Trump After Dark: Haley’s Comet edition

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley isn’t having it.<p>Not for the first time, President Donald Trump and one of his Cabinet members appear to be somewhat at odds. And in the past this traffic has gone one way. The former South Carolina governor is different, though, POLITICO’s Eliana Johnson and Burgess …

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Senate votes to repeal CFPB auto-loan guidance

The Senate voted Tuesday to repeal a controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) guidance on auto-loan financing, the first battle in …

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