Gina Haspel Sworn in as First Woman CIA Director


It is noted that the ceremony was held in the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley in the presence of US President Donald trump and Vice President Michael Pence and a number of Ministers of the American administration.

Trump said she showed courage during the Senate confirmation process in the face of "very negative politics".

The ceremony for Gina Haspel is taking place Monday morning at agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

The 33-year CIA employee was backed by many in the CIA rank and file and senior intelligence officials, including former CIA directors and national intelligence directors.

Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office at the ceremony, which took place at the agency building in Langley, Virginia.

"Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing".

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Not all Democrats opposed Haspel's appointment, while not all republicans backed it. Senator John McCain, who was absent from the vote for health reasons, had advised senators to vote against the nomination, while five Democrats voted in favor of Haspel's appointment.

"America is respected again".

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In a series of tweets earlier Monday, Trump quoted Don Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and Fox News commentator, who said former CIA Director John Brennan has "disgraced" himself and damaged Americans' trust in the United States intelligence community.

After her two-month-long confirmation battle, Haspel added: "I think I know why that is".

Trump's tweets were the latest salvo in a mounting White House and Republican effort to weaken Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe by tarring it as politically motivated, amid concerns the investigation's outcome could eventually fuel an effort to impeach Trump.

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Striking a different tone from his previous visit to the CIA headquarters, Trump also hailed the agency staffers, calling them the "most elite intelligence professionals on the planet".

"The only way to confront these threats is to forge ahead with determination and with the same expeditionary spirit that has defined our agency since its founding more than 70 years ago", she said. "You do a great disservice to our Nation & the Republican Party if you continue to enable Mr. Trump's self-serving actions".

On Twitter Monday, Trump referenced comments from conservative commentator Dan Bogino on "Fox and Friends", which argued that Brennan "started this entire debacle".

On Thursday, the Senate voted, 54-45, to confirm Haspel, one day after the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a 10-5 vote, reported her nomination favorably.

On Sunday, the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicated he could wrap up his investigation by September if Trump were to sit for an interview in July.

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