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

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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.

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After Khashoggi briefings, rift widens between White House and Congress

Senator Lindsey Graham speaks to press after a closed door briefing by Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel
Senator Lindsey Graham after the closed-door briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, on December 4, 2018. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Senators from both parties have expressed dismay at the results of the delayed and incomplete CIA briefing on Jamal Khashoggi's murder, implying that Secretaries Pompeo and Mattis were not forthcoming at their own briefing the week before. Some senators have also publicly expressed clear views that Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s killing, counter to the White House narrative.

The big picture: The Khashoggi fallout has created a breach in confidence between the executive and legislative branches of government on national security, even while the same political party controls both branches. When Democrats take control of the House next month, tensions are likely to worsen.

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