Lively and in-depth discussions of city news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts, and more.
Hosted by Larry Mantle
Airs Weekdays 10 am - 12 pm

Takeaways from Gina Haspel’s confirmation hearing for CIA director

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel walks to meetings on Capitol Hill.
CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel walks to meetings on Capitol Hill.
Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Listen to story

Download this story 4MB

Gina Haspel may not be a household name, but her anonymity is quickly changing.

As President Trump’s pick for the next Central Intelligence Agency director, Haspel sat in front of some tough critics Wednesday at her confirmation hearing. The biggest question seemed to be one of morality. Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) asked Haspel if the interrogation techniques previously used by the CIA were immoral. The techniques, which happened during Haspel’s tenure in the CIA are considered by many to be torture. That was Arizona Republican Senator John McCain’s view as well. McCain was tortured during the Vietnam war, and said in a statement reported by CNN Wednesday evening, that “Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing.” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) was also vocal about his opposition to Haspel’s nomination last month.

So what can we take away from the confirmation hearing? How likely is the Senate to approve Haspel as the next CIA director? We check in with a reporter for the latest.


James Hohmann, national political correspondent for the Washington Post and author of The Daily 202; he’s been following the story and tweets @jameshohmann