Gina Haspel assumes role of acting CIA director after Pompeo confirmation

Gina Haspel assumes role of acting CIA director after Pompeo confirmation
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Gina Haspel on Thursday assumed her role as acting director of the CIA after the agency's former director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Conservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' Pompeo: 'No mistake' Trump warned Russian diplomat about election tampering MORE was confirmed as secretary of State by the Senate. 

"I want to send my sincere congratulations to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and I look forward to working with him and the rest of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE's national security team," Haspel said in a statement. 

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"It is an honor to lead the CIA at this critical time. While we go through this transition, I've asked the CIA workforce to remain focused on our vital mission and do everything in our power to deliver the intelligence our policymakers need to keep America safe and strong just as they always have done. The American people and our allies around the world can only rely on CIA's vigilance, excellence, and determination to proudly serve," she said. 

Haspel faces an uphill confirmation battle in the Senate. 

While she has 33 years of experience working in the intelligence community, her critics have cited her ties to the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques used after the Sept. 11 attacks. 

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The Hill reported on Wednesday that the CIA will permit senators considering her nomination to review some classified information related to her undercover background following pressure from Democrats on Capitol Hill.