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Gina Haspel Relies on Spy Skills to Connect With Trump. He Doesn’t Always Listen.

April 16, 2019
Julian E. Barnes | The New York Times
For all of Ms. Haspel’s ability to stay in Mr. Trump’s good graces, there is little evidence she has changed his mind on major issues, underscoring the limits of her approach. Mr. Trump’s word choices on a range of issues — Russian interference in elections, Iran’s nuclear program, North Korea’s leadership and, most importantly, the culpability and reliability of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince — remain at odds with the C.I.A.’s assessment of the facts.
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CIA director flies to Turkey amid growing controversy over Jamal Khashoggi killing

October 23, 2018
Josh Dawsey, John Hudson, Shane Harris | The Washington Post
CIA Director Gina Haspel departed for Turkey on Monday amid a growing international uproar over Saudi Arabia’s explanation of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to people familiar with the matter.
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"Rigged Witch Hunt," Meet Trump's "Red Wave"

August 17, 2018
Susan Glasser | The New Yorker
Donald Trump’s Presidency is often described as a reality-show version of the White House, with Trump himself as the producer, director, and main character. There’s something to the metaphor, of course; Trump is a showman, a veteran of the reality-TV genre who relishes the notion of himself as a master manipulator, able to dominate the news cycle at will by changing plotlines and introducing new controversies to distract us from the old. But the President’s volatile behavior and untethered public comments in recent days suggest that the analogy misses the mark: Trump’s act today is an unreality show. The President is not so much trying to shape our perception of events with his theatrics as he is trying to sell the American public, or at least his narrow slice of it, on an entirely opposite version of what is actually happening.
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Trump Revokes Ex-C.I.A. Director John Brennan's Security Clearance

August 16, 2018
Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Michael Shear | The New York Times
President Trump revoked the security clearance of John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director under President Barack Obama, on Wednesday in a striking act of retaliation against an outspoken critic. The president threatened to do the same to other former national security officials who have antagonized him.
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Ex-CIA engineer charged with massive leak to WikiLeaks

June 19, 2018
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
A former CIA computer engineer has been indicted on charges he masterminded what appears to be the largest leak of classified information in the spy agency’s history.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
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Rand Paul asks Haspel if the CIA spied on Trump in 2016

May 16, 2018
Hallie Jackson, Leigh Ann Caldwell, Kasie Hunt | NBC News
On a day that saw President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency gain crucial Senate support, one critic demanded to know whether the nation's spy agency conducted surveillance on the president during the 2016 election.
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CIA's Gina Haspel heads to Capitol Hill for confirmation hearings

May 11, 2018
The panelists discussed the latest headlines made by President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, along with CIA nominee Gina Haspel’s confirmation hearings.
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CIA pick Haspel to tell Senators agency won’t revive old interrogation methods

May 9, 2018
Nancy Youssef, Byron Tau | The Wall Street Journal
President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency will tell the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday that, if she is confirmed, the agency won’t restart interrogation programs such as those used on detainees after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to her prepared testimony.
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Gina Haspel, nominee to head CIA, sought to withdraw over questions about her role in agency interrogation program

May 7, 2018
Josh Dawsey, Shane Harris, Carol Leonnig | The Washington Post
Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to become the next CIA director, sought to withdraw her nomination Friday after some White House officials worried that her role in the interrogation of terrorist suspects could prevent her confirmation by the Senate, according to four senior U.S. officials.
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