Republican Sen. John Neely Kennedy (La.) waded into the debate over whether the Trump administration should strip the security clearances of several top Obama-era intelligence officials by asserting that some of the individuals under consideration had acted like “buttheads” and “political hacks.”
Gina Haspel, the current acting director of the CIA, was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to be the agency’s first female director, despite opposition from the majority of Democrats.
The Republican National Committee is launching a coordinated effort to pressure Democrats in Republican states to support President Donald Trump’s CIA director nominee Gina Haspel.
Despite an unprecedented Russian intelligence operation to influence the 2016 presidential election, former President Barack Obama rejected a plan to conduct retaliatory cyber action against Moscow during the campaign, according to former CIA Director John Brennan.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) on Tuesday said that Gina Haspel has been a “good deputy director of the CIA,” but said that she would wait until the confirmation hearing to determine whether she will vote for Haspel to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.