Gina Haspel, following the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was nominated to become the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Haspel, the first-ever female nominee for the CIA director position, could succeed outgoing director Mike Pompeo.
Pompeo will most likely be moved from the CIA to take Tillerson’s vacated cabinet spot at the State Department.
Despite the monumental announcement of Haspel’s nomination, the media piled on Haspel for her past at the CIA.
Haspel has spent her professional career working for the agency, and the controversial position she apparently took was her support for the interrogation technique known as waterboarding.
CBS brought up the waterboarding controversy, to which Michael Morrell, a former acting CIA director, noted that many individuals were serving their country, were instructed to oversee waterboarding and were only following orders.
Other officials were asked by the New York Times to comment, but all echoed supportive comments about Haspel similar to Morell and Clapper.