May 15, 2018

Gina Haspel for CIA Director


KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Gina Haspel will be the first woman to head the CIA and the first director to rise from the ranks of CIA operations in more than 50 years.
  • National security leaders from Republican and Democratic administrations endorse Gina Haspel, including all Obama-era CIA directors.
  • Gina Haspel worked closely with Mike Pompeo as his deputy at CIA and will work well with him to maintain America’s covert and diplomatic power. 

President Trump has nominated one of the most qualified people in history to be CIA director: Gina Haspel. She has earned the respect of her colleagues over the course of her 33-year career at the agency and has been endorsed by six former CIA directors from Republican and Democratic administrations.

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Gina Haspel has spent most of her career at the CIA in operations, beginning as a case officer overseas rather than serving as a Washington-based intelligence analyst. Her service has placed her under fire in war zones and sent her undercover in Africa, Russia, Central Europe, and Asia. Ms. Haspel organized covert operations to capture terrorists and served in leadership positions at the agency.

Haspel has won bipartisan support

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Gina Haspel has served as deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency since February 2017 and has been acting director since Mike Pompeo became secretary of state. Ms. Haspel joined the CIA in 1985 and gained extensive overseas experience as an operations officer. She served as chief of station for the agency in multiple assignments, including Russia and in key countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. In Washington, Ms. Haspel has served as deputy director of the National Clandestine Service, deputy director of the National Clandestine Service for Foreign Intelligence and Covert Action, and chief of staff for the director of the National Clandestine Service. Her first day on the job at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center was September 11, 2001. She spent the next three years working nonstop in the fight against global terrorism.  

uniquely qualified to support american diplomacy

The CIA director works more closely with the State Department than any other cabinet department. As deputy director of the agency, Gina Haspel worked side-by-side with Mike Pompeo while he was the director. Her nomination shows she is trusted by President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo. She will be a key part of the team that provides intelligence to inform our diplomatic, military, and covert actions for North Korea, Iran, and other threats the United States faces.

praise from obama-era cia chiefs

Gina Haspel “has the experience – the breadth and depth – on intelligence issues.” – John Brennan, former CIA director

“She’s a great choice, and she’s highly regarded.” – Michael Hayden, former CIA director

“I’m glad that it’s Gina because frankly she is someone who really knows the CIA inside out.” – Leon Panetta, former CIA director

“She is capable. She has integrity. She cares deeply about the agency, and she cares deeply about the men and women of the agency.” – Michael Morell, former acting CIA director

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