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WASHINGTON — The White House says acting CIA director Gina Haspel “wanted to do everything she could to protect the agency” when she offered to withdraw her nomination to permanently lead the CIA.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that Haspel wants to ensure the “integrity of the CIA remains intact and isn’t unnecessarily attacked” as she goes through the confirmation process.
Sanders adds Haspel “is 100 percent committed” to going through the confirmation process.
Haspel’s involvement in the agency’s interrogation programs after the Sept. 11 attacks have drawn scrutiny from Democratic lawmakers.
Sanders says the White House is “fully confident” in Haspel’s ability to answer questions about her involvement in those programs on Wednesday when she testifies before the Senate.
PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.
Joshua Barajas is a senior editor for the PBS NewsHour's Communities Initiative. He also the senior editor and manager of newsletters.
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