Gina Haspel

Trump said CIA director Gina Haspel agreed with him "100%" on torture

Photo illustration collage of Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump, and excerpts from Gina Haspel's declassified torture cables.
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Last May, then-White House counsel Don McGahn wanted to withdraw Gina Haspel's nomination for CIA director. McGahn told colleagues that Haspel's role in the CIA's controversial "enhanced interrogation" program could kill her in her Senate confirmation.

Driving the news: President Trump disagreed. Trump actually liked this aspect of Haspel's resume, according to three sources who spoke to the president at the time. In fact, Trump told aides that Haspel's support for "torture" or "waterboarding" (Trump uses these words interchangeably in his private conversations) was an asset, not a liability.

CIA taps first female, Beth Kimber, to lead Directorate of Operations

CIA marble flooring.
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The CIA has named Beth Kimber to lead the agency's clandestine arm, its Directorate of Operations, CBS reports.

Details: Kimber, a 34-year agency veteran, will be the first-ever female to serve in the role. She most recently served as acting deputy director of the CIA while Gina Haspel was undergoing the confirmation process to lead the agency. She has formerly worked overseas and currently heads the Europe and Eurasia Mission Center.