Shaheen to Support Gina Haspel’s Nomination to Serve as CIA Director

May 16, 2018

(Washington, DC)— After meeting with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director nominee Gina Haspel, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, issued the following statement on her decision to support Haspel’s nomination:

“Let me be perfectly clear: I believe torture is inconsistent with our nation’s values and its use has harmed America’s standing in the world,” said Shaheen. “I also believe it is important to hold Gina Haspel’s nomination to a similar standard as previous nominees for this position, particularly in regards to responsibility for the CIA’s use of torture following the 9/11 attacks. Over the last few weeks, I’ve reviewed the relevant classified information regarding Gina Haspel’s career at the CIA and have spoken with previous directors of the agency and other colleagues. I have been impressed by the strong support for her nomination within the agency and the respect she has earned from her many years of service. Today, I had the opportunity to meet with her in my office and welcomed her recognition that the CIA’s so-called ‘enhanced interrogation program’ harmed our nation’s moral leadership and her pledge that it will never be used again. Gina Haspel’s extensive career and experience at the CIA have well prepared her to lead the agency at this critical time and I will vote to confirm her nomination.”