18 марта, 22:00

Трамп устроил кадровую чехарду

В Америке — кадровая чехарда. Да еще какая! Президент Трамп одной строкой в Twitter уволил госсекретаря Тиллерсона. Вообще-то это не последний человек. По-нашему — министр иностранных дел.

18 марта, 22:00

Трамп устроил кадровую чехарду

В Америке — кадровая чехарда. Да еще какая! Президент Трамп одной строкой в Twitter уволил госсекретаря Тиллерсона. Вообще-то это не последний человек. По-нашему — министр иностранных дел.

18 марта, 21:17

Short: Will Russia probe ever end?

Director of legislative affairs Marc Short on Sunday stressed that the president and his staff continue to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, even if there's "growing frustration" with the probe at the White House."I don't think that the president or anybody right now in our White House is suggesting not cooperating — any way with the Mueller investigation," Short told moderator Margaret Brennan on CBS' "Face the Nation." "Everyone in the White House has cooperated on this, and what I said is — is that we have cooperated in every single way, every single paper they've asked for, every single interview."Throughout the weekend, President Donald Trump has personally attacked Mueller and his team in a manner the commander-in-chief had previously shied away from. Such comments, Short added, come from a sense that the probe continues to drag on without an end in sight."I think the reality, Margaret, is that yes, there's a growing frustration that after more than a year and millions and millions of dollars spent on this, there remains no evidence of collusion with Russia," Short said. "I think at some point the American people are owed an answer to say, “OK, if there was no collusion, how much longer will this drag on?”Short pointed to the House Intelligence Committee's findings released last week that found there was no evidence of collusion between the president's campaign and the Russian government. But top Democrats on the panel said they never saw the summary of their investigation before it was released and have complained that Republicans, who are in the majority, are shutting down their inquiry prematurely.Despite an extremely thin GOP majority in the Senate, Short took two Republican senators to task for their views, criticizing Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for his opposition to Mike Pompeo, Trump’s nominee to be secretary of state, and Gina Haspel, the president's pick to lead the CIA. Paul, who also ran for president, had a "put your head in the sand about North Korea and Iran and just hope they don't develop nuclear weapons," according to Short.One of the top White House voices on the Hill, Short slammed retiring Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake for saying more members in the party need to tell the president that going after Mueller is a red line."I've not heard a lot of outcry from Republicans," Short. "And all due respect to Jeff Flake, I'm not sure as far as him representing the Republican Party — couldn't get reelected in his own state today."

18 марта, 17:21

Trump unleashes on Twitter, as Republicans use Sunday shows to urge caution and express concern about his decision making

JUST A REMINDER … The government shuts down Friday. Neither the House nor the Senate have passed a funding bill. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has threatened to veto the bill if it includes money for a new tunnel between New York and New Jersey, and the right is itching for him to cut off funding for so-called sanctuary cities. What could go wrong?A FEW IMPORTANT STATS from the NBC/WSJ poll out this morning.-- WSJ’S JANET HOOK: “Democrats have regained a double-digit advantage over Republicans as the 2018 midterm congressional campaign intensifies and the GOP works to persuade voters of the benefits of the tax cut it passed three months ago, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has found.“Asked which party should control Congress, registered voters picked Democrats by a 50%-to-40% margin, the second time in three months the party claimed a double-digit advantage.” http://on.wsj.com/2pkgDd4 Good Sunday morning. THIS PRESIDENT seems awfully antsy this morning. -- @realDonaldTrump at 8:35 a.m.: “Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added...does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!” … NOTE: Robert Mueller and Andrew McCabe are Republicans. -- at 8:22 a.m.: “Spent very little time with Andrew McCabe, but he never took notes when he was with me. I don’t believe he made memos except to help his own agenda, probably at a later date. Same with lying James Comey. Can we call them Fake Memos?”-- at 8:02 a.m.: “Wow, watch Comey lie under oath to Senator G when asked ‘have you ever been an anonymous source...or known someone else to be an anonymous source...?’ He said strongly ‘never, no.’ He lied as shown clearly on @foxandfriends.” MAGGIE HABERMAN (@maggieNYT): "Aides have decided to whisk Trump to a golf course today."SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-.S.C.) told CNN’S JAKE TAPPER that if Trump fired special prosecutor Robert Mueller “that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency. Because we are a rule-of-laws nation. … [When it comes to Mr. Mueller, he is following the evidence where it takes him and I think it’s very important he be allowed to do his job without interference and there are many Republicans that share my view.”WHAT TRUMP IS TWEETING ABOUT -- “Mueller now has memos McCabe kept on Trump dealings,” by AP’s Eric Tucker: “Andrew McCabe, the onetime FBI deputy director long scorned by President Donald Trump and just fired by the attorney general, kept personal memos detailing interactions with the president that have been provided to the special counsel’s office and are similar to the notes compiled by dismissed FBI chief James Comey, The Associated Press has learned. “The memos could factor into special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as his team examines Trump campaign ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice. McCabe’s memos include details of his own interactions with the president, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation who wasn’t authorized to discuss the notes publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.“They also recount different conversations he had with Comey, who kept notes on meetings with Trump that unnerved him. Though the precise contents are unknown, the memos possibly could help substantiate McCabe’s assertion that he was unfairly maligned by a White House he says had declared ‘war’ on the FBI and Mueller’s investigation. They almost certainly contain, as Comey’s memos did, previously undisclosed details about encounters between the Trump administration and FBI that could be of interest to Mueller.” http://bit.ly/2HLwyIy HELLO! -- @RandPaul at 9:23 a.m.: “I’ll do whatever it takes, including filibuster, to stop the nomination of Gina Haspel. I urge @SenFeinstein to stand against her nomination too!” His POLITICO Magazine op-ed http://politi.co/2HJJdvB SUNDAY BEST -- REP. TREY GOWDY advises Trump through FOX NEWS SUNDAY and CHRIS WALLACE … “Chris, if you look at the jurisdiction for Robert Mueller, first and foremost, what did Russia do to this country in 2016? That is supremely important and it has nothing to do with collusion. So to suggest that Mueller should shut down and that all he is looking at is collusion – if you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it. ...“I think the president’s gonna have a really difficult time nominating and having approved another attorney general. It’s going to be – I would just counsel the president, it’s going to be a very very long, bad 2018 and it’s going to be distracting from other things that he wants to do and was elected to do. Let it play out its course. If you’ve done nothing wrong, you should want the investigation to be as fulsome and thorough as possible.”-- SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FLA.) doesn’t like the MCCABE firing, he tells CHUCK TODD on NBC’s “MEET THE PRESS”: TODD: “Let me start with Andrew McCabe’s firing. Was he treated fairly?” RUBIO: “I don’t like the way it happened. He should’ve been allowed to finish through the weekend. That said, that there’s an inspector general report that’s due and work that’s being done and after he had retired that report would’ve indicated wrongdoing or something that was actionable there’s things that could’ve been done after the fact. But 48 hours to go before retirement I would’ve certainly done it differently. Given the fact there’s still this report out there that hasn’t come in.”-- TRUMP MIGHT PULL OUT OF IRAN DEAL -- MARGARET BRENNAN speaks to SEN. BOB CORKER (R-TENN.) on CBS’S “FACE THE NATION”: CORKER: “The Iran deal will be another issue that’s coming up in May, and-- right now it doesn’t feel like it’s gonna be extended. I think the president likely -- will move away from it, unless my -- our European counterparts really come together on a framework. And it doesn't feel to me that they are. Now, as we get -- within two weeks of the May 12th date, that could change. But --” BRENNAN: “You think the president’s going to pull out of that Iran deal on May 12th?” CORKER: “I do. I do.”BRENNAN also spoke with SOUTH KOREAN FOREIGN MINISTER KANG KYUNG-WHA about Trump meeting with North Korea: BRENNAN: “Have you heard anything from North Korea in response?” KANG: “Well, nothing publicly. But there is a channel of communication now established. So I’m sure there are back and forth messages. But, I think the North Korean leader would also need some time given the readiness with which President Trump has accepted the invitation to talks. “I think we were all quite surprised by -- by the -- the readiness of that decision. I think it was an extremely courageous decision on the part of President Trump. We believe the North Korean leader is now taking stock. We give them the benefit of the doubt, and the time that he would need to come out with some public messaging.”JARED KUSHNER’S FAMILY BIZ … “AP Exclusive: Kushner Cos. filed false documents with NYC,” by AP’s Bernard Condon: “When the Kushner Cos. bought three apartment buildings in a gentrifying neighborhood of Queens in 2015, most of the tenants were protected by special rules that prevent developers from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a tidy profit.“But that's exactly what the company then run by Jared Kushner did, and with remarkable speed. Two years later, it sold all three buildings for $60 million, nearly 50 percent more than it paid.Now a clue has emerged as to how President Donald Trump's son-in-law's firm was able to move so fast: The Kushner Cos. routinely filed false paperwork with the city declaring it had zero rent-regulated tenants in dozens of buildings it owned across the city when, in fact, it had hundreds.” http://bit.ly/2FJUzTL THE BIG PICTURE … PETER BAKER in the NYT, “Trump and the Truth: A President Tests His Own Credibility”: “The lack of fidelity to facts has real-world consequences in both foreign affairs and domestic policymaking. Foreign diplomats and lawmakers of both parties say they do not assume anything he says is necessarily true. In a White House where one aide described the existence of ‘alternative facts’ and another acknowledged telling ‘white lies,’ staff members scramble to defend his claims without putting their own credibility on the line. News organizations debate when to use the word ‘lie’ because it implies intent.“Since Mr. Trump became a presidential candidate, PolitiFact has evaluated more than 500 assertions and found 69 percent of them mostly false, false or ‘pants on fire’ false. By comparison, it judged 26 percent of the statements by Mr. Obama that it evaluated as false and the same percentage for those by Hillary Clinton.” http://nyti.ms/2HIA71YMCCABE MIGHT GET HIS PENSION ANYWAY -- “Andrew McCabe was just offered a job by a congressman so he can get his full retirement. And it just might work,” by WaPo’s Amber Phillips: “Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) announced Saturday afternoon that he has offered McCabe a job to work on election security in his office, ‘so that he can reach the needed length of service’ to retire. “‘My offer of employment to Mr. McCabe is a legitimate offer to work on election security,’ Pocan said in a statement. ‘Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of American democracy and both Republicans and Democrats should be concerned about election integrity.’ A spokeswoman for McCabe, Melissa Schwartz, didn’t immediately rule out a job with one of the most liberal members of Congress, which might only need to last for a day or so for him to get his full retirement benefits: ‘We are considering all options.’ … “With … 20 years, he would need to just go to work with the federal government for another day or so in any job he pleases, whether that's as a election security analyst for a Wisconsin congressman or a typist for a day, to get full benefits, said the former official who spoke to The Fix. The job doesn't matter so much as the fact that he's working within the federal government with the same retirement benefits until or after his 50th birthday. ” http://wapo.st/2FIsrAqTROUBLE FOR PELOSI … NYT’S JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEX BURNS: “Nancy Pelosi Wants to Lead. More Democratic Candidates Want Her Out”: “Most ominous for Ms. Pelosi, it is not just centrist candidates running in red-tinged districts who are reluctant to embrace her, but also political insurgents on the left who see her as an embodiment of the Washington establishment.“‘I would have to see who’s running,’ said Marie Newman, a progressive Democratic House candidate in Illinois, when asked if she would support Ms. Pelosi for speaker. Ms. Newman is vying to unseat Representative Daniel Lipinski, a conservative Chicago Democrat, in a primary there on Tuesday. … “‘I’m a woman at the table,” she said in the interview Friday before getting on a plane for Houston, where she was going to raise money for House Democrats at the annual rodeo there. Demonstrating the swagger that delights her admirers and prompts eye-rolling from detractors, Ms. Pelosi said Democrats needed her in charge.“‘I am a master legislator, I am a shrewd politician and I have a following in the country that, apart from a presidential candidate, nobody else can claim,’ she said. While she would not firmly commit to seeking the speakership again, it is clearly her plan, and she even gave voice to a concern on the minds of many Democrats: the chaotic scramble that would ensue if she steps down. ‘If I was to walk away now, this caucus would be in such a musical chairs scenario,’ she said.” http://nyti.ms/2tYBs2v -- TELL US how you really feel! 2020 WATCH … GABE DEBENEDETTI: “2020 Dems staff up: At least a dozen potential candidates are bolstering their teams by adding aides with campaign experience”: “The hires are never explicitly advertised or designed to be about 2020. But the behind-the-scenes shuffle is a long-overdue stage in the traditional pre-campaign scramble. Potential candidates who have run before — like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden — largely have their core teams in place. … “Barack Obama’s former top digital strategist, Joe Rospars, for example, has been helping Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s team. … In other cases, aides who would likely be expected to play large roles in potential 2020 campaigns have moved on to top-tier midterm races for this election cycle, sometimes in a bid to gain even more experience. Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s longtime aide Michael Halle is now running a gubernatorial campaign in Ohio.” With cameos by Bob Shrum, Erik Smith, Patti Solis Doyle, and Joe Trippi http://politi.co/2Iw4b1UBEN WHITE in POLITICO Magazine, “Why Trump Slayed His Own Masters of the Universe: Trump vowed to bring business acumen to the White House. He just didn’t like it when the ideas came from someone else”: “Donald Trump swept into the White House on a promise to run the government like a business and stock his administration with titans of industry. The partnership hasn’t worked out. Just over a year into Trump’s presidency, those titans are leaving, driven out by a chief executive who doesn’t want to hear no, doesn’t trust anyone but himself and can’t stand to share the spotlight, even with those he once hailed as ‘the best people’ on earth for these jobs. “Trump humiliated Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former chief executive of oil industry giant ExxonMobil whom he once described as ‘the embodiment of the American dream,’ firing him by tweet.“He repeatedly rejected the advice of National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, driving the former president of Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs nuts with his stubborn insistence on tariffs and hastening Cohn’s exit. And he went ice cold on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, reportedly telling the Wall Street legend that his understanding of trade was ‘terrible,’ as West Wing aides leaked stories about Ross dozing off in meetings. Remember those CEO councils Trump initially set up to get advice from America’s top executives? They shut down in August.” http://politi.co/2Iyn44DSNL -- “Anderson Cooper White House Turmoil Cold Open” – COOPER (played by Alex Moffat): “Here to explain is the man who had to do the firing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions.” SESSIONS (Kate McKinnon): “Hello. Look at me, I still got a job.” COOPER: “Sir, can you give us the exact reason McCabe was fired?” SESSIONS: “Well yes, of course, Mr. McCabe was in clear violation of um, because of his lack of candor, whatever, I can’t even answer. Trump made me do it! McCabe saw too much.”COOPER: “Okay, so this was not your decision?” SESSIONS: “Look, I’m always down to clown but this was sneaky even for me. I’m just a simple man who wanted to make things bad for immigrants and here I am taking away the pension of a Christian white. It ain’t right.” 7-min. video http://bit.ly/2IBqnYM YOU’RE INVITED … Join us for our first Playbook University in North Carolina with GOV. ROY COOPER on March 29 at Penn Pavilion at Duke University. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. RSVP http://bit.ly/2IqsO09MORE CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA FALLOUT -- “Data Firm Tied to Trump Campaign Talked Business With Russians,” by NYT’s Danny Hakim and Matt Rosenberg: “When the Russia question came up during a hearing at the British Parliament last month, Alexander Nix did not hesitate. ‘We’ve never worked in Russia,’ said Mr. Nix, head of a data consulting firm that advised the Trump campaign on targeting voters. ... But Mr. Nix’s business did have some dealings with Russian interests, according to company documents and interviews. Mr. Nix is a director of SCL Group, a British political and defense contractor, and chief executive of its American offshoot, Cambridge Analytica, which advised the Trump campaign. “The firms’ employees, who often overlap, had contact in 2014 and 2015 with executives from Lukoil, the Russian oil giant. Lukoil was interested in how data was used to target American voters, according to two former company insiders who said there were at least three meetings with Lukoil executives in London and Turkey. SCL and Lukoil denied that the talks were political in nature, and SCL also said there were no meetings in London.” http://nyti.ms/2plSwu4 SCOOP -- “White House weighs rehiring fired Trump aide McEntee,” by Andrew Restuccia: “Senior White House officials are mulling bringing President Donald Trump’s personal aide and body man John McEntee back into the administration just days after he was abruptly escorted out of the West Wing. White House chief of staff John Kelly told aides during a Friday morning senior staff meeting that there are tentative discussions about finding a role for McEntee in the administration ...“The exact reasons for McEntee’s dismissal are still unclear, but multiple people familiar with the issue said it pertained to his propensity for high-dollar gambling ... [and] there were concerns it made McEntee a potential security risk. It’s unclear what McEntee would have to do to reassure White House officials ahead of his possible return, and aides said discussions about rehiring him are still in the early stages.” http://politi.co/2pnILLHA LOOK BACK -- “Ex-Bear Stearns CEO Is Off Wall Street But Still Mixing It Up at the Bridge Table,” by WSJ’s Justin Baer: http://on.wsj.com/2pldHfAPYONGYANG REPORT -- “Wine and Diamonds: How North Korea Dodges Sanctions,” by NYT’s Motoko Rich in Tokyo: “One of the more eyebrow-raising examples described: Between January and June of last year, India exported $514,823 in diamonds to North Korea, along with other precious metals and stones. Other luxury goods that have made it to North Korea: sparkling wine and spirits from Germany, wine and vermouth from Italy, and perfume and cosmetics from Bulgaria. A Singapore-based company has been stocking department stores in Pyongyang, the capital, with luxury items from Japan and Europe.” http://nyti.ms/2HJB6z9BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:-- “My Eulogy of Shawn,” by Marjorie Brimley: “Shawn [Brimley] was grateful for every single day he had on this planet. I know because he told me. Not just in the final days of his life but in every day before that.” http://bit.ly/2FP4JhH-- “Former LA Times and OC Register Reporter Clark Sharon, Now Homeless, Spends His Days Reading the Papers He Once Wrote For,” by Adam J. Samaha in the OC Weekly: http://bit.ly/2FPojdV-- “Overheated: How Flawed Analyses Overestimate the Costs of Climate Change,” by the Manhattan Institute’s Oren Cass: http://bit.ly/2HFybHw ... Oren’s WSJ op-ed http://on.wsj.com/2HFythA -- “The Last Days of Jerry Brown,” by Andy Kroll on the cover of the March/April issue of California Sunday: “After more than 40 years in public life, 15 as governor of California, he is as combative and contradictory as ever —and still trying to save the world from itself.” http://bit.ly/2HIEEl0-- “There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It’s a Made-Up Label,” by Elizabeth Kolbert in Rolling Stone: “It’s been used to define and separate people for millennia. But the concept of race is not grounded in genetics.” http://on.natgeo.com/2FPbpfU -- “Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet,” by Andrew Marantz in the New Yorker: “How do we fix life online without limiting free speech?” http://bit.ly/2pjLd5Z-- “The Refugee Detectives,” by Graeme Wood in the Atlantic – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “How German government investigators separate opportunists from bona fide asylum-seekers among the country’s million recent immigrants from the Middle East and Africa. Face recognition is the first filter: If you have ever been caught on camera by a government anywhere, the Germans probably have you in their database. Then it’s down to clues and tells. ‘Having a fake Eritrean passport is a sign that you might really be from that country.’” http://theatln.tc/2FFBLot-- “A match made at Bear Stearns,” by Marketplace’s Amy Scott: http://bit.ly/2HCm6Ti-- “A Tale of Two Moralities, Part One: Regional Inequality and Moral Polarization,” by Will Wilkinson in Niskanen Center: “A shrinking number of counties accounts for a rising proportion of America’s wealth. This is a recipe for political dominance of the less economically productive conservative white minority, who control most of the country’s territory, over the liberal multicultural majority who live in increasingly concentrated urban centers of wealth. This is not a stable situation, and bodes ill for the future of American freedom.” http://bit.ly/2FWmPBT-- “On collecting memories” -- The Creative Independent: “An interview with writer and essayist Adam Gopnik.” http://bit.ly/2tU594R-- “Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous,” by Paul Ford in Bloomberg Businessweek: “The true believers won’t stop until they’ve remade the world. Some of it will be thrilling. Some of it will keep us up at night.” https://bloom.bg/2DzvmVR-- “How Russia’s Eternal President Has Changed His Country,” by Christian Esch in Der Spiegel: “The state disenfranchises citizens, but in exchange they are given a feeling of stability and reclaimed national pride. Don’t get in the way, says the Kremlin, give us a free hand and we will protect you from economic need and ensure that you are respected in a hostile world. Stability and national greatness: Those are the promises made by Putin’s Russia. Deception and violence are its tools.” http://bit.ly/2IsoayJ-- “The Asset How A Player In The Trump-Russia Scandal Led A Double Life As An American Spy,” by Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold in BuzzFeed: “He obtained five personal satellite telephone numbers for Osama bin Laden and helped flip the personal secretary to Mullah Omar, then the head of the Taliban, into a source who provided the location of al-Qaeda training camps and weapons caches.” http://bzfd.it/2FDfJ5ISPOTTED: Kellyanne Conway walking into the International Spy Museum on F St. just before 3 p.m. Saturday “with two of her children in tow. She was sporting a green blazer, presumably to show some St. Patrick’s Day pride,” per our tipster.WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- MELISSA SALMANOWITZ, senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and an Obama Education Dept. alum, married MIKE LUCE, strategist at Dover Strategy Group and a DLCC alum, at DAR Constitution Hall. With nods to St. Patrick’s Day, the guests danced into the early morning and posed for pictures with the Washington Monument. The bride and groom’s brothers officiated. Pic http://bit.ly/2GFfTqz SPOTTED: Bari Lurie and Jeff Westerberg, Rachel Kelly, Gina and Josh Cherwin, Irene Sherman, former Education Secretary John King, Andy Stone and Kathryn Frazier, Brin Frazier and Andrei Greenawalt, Jonathan Beam, Anna Gregory, Steve Krubiner and Aviva Sufian, Sarah Dale and Dan Kalik, Josh and Gina Cherwin and Allison Yazdian. -- “Weijia Jiang, Luther Lowe” – N.Y. Times: “Ms. Jiang, 34, is a Washington correspondent for CBS News, where she covers the White House and Capitol Hill primarily for Newspath, the CBS News news service affiliate servicing about 200 stations and affiliates worldwide; she also fills in on the anchor desk for the CBS Morning News. ... Mr. Lowe, 35, who goes by Luther, works in Washington as the global vice president for public policy at Yelp ... He oversees public policy initiatives, including competition policy, consumer free speech and open data.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2plJzBD-- “Benjamin Toff, Andrew Tangel” -- N.Y. Times: “Mr. Toff ... 35, is an assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He graduated from Harvard and received both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ... Mr. Tangel, 36, works in Chicago, where he is a reporter covering manufacturing for The Wall Street Journal. He graduated from DePauw University and received a master’s degree in financial journalism from Columbia.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2DCjW3Q SPOTTED at Fred and Genny Ryan’s annual St. Patrick’s Day party last night at the George Town Club: Gary Cohn, Elaine Chao, John Rogers, Rickie Niceta, Bob Costa, Carol Melton and Joe Hassett, Robert and Elena Allbritton, John Harris and Ann O’Hanlon, Peter Alexander and Alison Starling, Pamela Brown, Marty Baron and Katharine and Wayne Reynolds.BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Veronica Pollock of the Daschle Group, who “celebrated St Nikki’s Day with friends at The Line in Adams Morgan. She brought her own grocery store sheet cake to celebrate” (Panda tip: Theo) … (was Tuesday): Steve Rochlin turned 5-0 (hat tip: Tim Burger)BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. A trend she thinks deserves more attention: “By now, I should hope that folks are noticing the historic number of women who are running for office — and winning! — this cycle. EMILY's List has heard from over 34,000 women since Election Day 2016 who are interested in running for office! But what's flying under the radar is the fact that this isn't a one-off year; another ‘Year of the Woman.’ Thousands of women running for office is and will be the new normal for elections to come.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2FTqq0l BIRTHDAYS: Reince Priebus is 46. He’s celebrating with bowling and pizza with friends and family (h/t Sean Spicer) ... media strategist Marc Adelman (Get excited!) (h/t Tammy Haddad) ... Karen Knutson ... Matt Schuck of the Broadcasting Board of Governors ... Terri McCullough, Clinton Foundation alum ... Kristin Lee of Facebook and a White House science and tech policy alum (hubby tip: Kevin Griffis) ... Politico’s Hailey Ghee (h/t Patrick Steel) ... F.W. de Klerk, Nobel peace laureate and former South African president, is 82 ... CAP Action’s Will Ragland ... David Mark, Politico and CNN alum ... Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.) is 51 ... Andree Miller ... Politico’s Alix Beadle-Ryby, Victoria Colliver and Nick Niedzwiadek ... Evan Lowenstein and Jaron Lowenstein are 44 ... Keshia Cluckey ... Mike DeFilippis of Burson Marsteller is 27 ... Austin Wright ... Will Feltus of National Media ... Emily Guthrie ... Marcus Garza, LA for Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) ...... Chris Harris, comms director for Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) … Daniel Cooper, O’Malley and Debra Ross alum now a fundraiser for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), is 25 (h/t Matt Corridoni) … Ofelia Casillas of Northwestern University … Karrah Kaplan … photographer Liz Gorman ... Edelman’s Jeffrey Surrell and Emily Smith ... Joe Mathews ... Ashlee Reid Morehouse, president of fundraising firm Republic Strategies ... Kiki Kalkstein … Erin Fogarty Owen, executive director of university comms. at the University of Nebraska at Omaha ... Todd Hames of Orange Business Services ... Jerry Fritz … Kate Denis, VP of Project: Time Off at the U.S. Travel Association … Bloomberg’s Kate Hunter ... Stuart Neil ... Cliff Schroeder ... Charles Ellison … Cortney Patterson ... Winnie Stachelberg ... Christopher Chase ... Brad Fitch.

18 марта, 16:58

Итоги недели: главные мировые события за последние семь дней

Украина вооружилась металлоломом, американский Госдеп остался без Рекса, а канцлер Германии присягнула в Бундестаге. ФАН-ТВ подводит итоги недели с точки зрения международных отношений.

18 марта, 14:13

Why I’m Against Gina Haspel

Trump’s nominee to run the CIA is complicit in torture. She shouldn’t be in charge of an agency that already has problems with accountability.

18 марта, 09:16

Экс-сотрудник ЦРУ: пытки для правительства США стали государственной политикой, и новый директор ЦРУ ― тому подтверждение

Новый директор ЦРУ Джина Хаспел имеет прямое отношение к практике пыток заключённых и лично участвовала в сокрытии доказательств противозаконных действий управления, утверждает бывший сотрудник отдела ЦРУ по борьбе с терроризмом Джон Кириаку. Назначение Хаспел на эту должность посылает нежелательный сигнал не только сотрудникам ЦРУ, но и союзникам, и врагам Америки во всём мире, уверен автор.

17 марта, 19:28

Я попал в тюрьму за разоблачение применявшихся в ЦРУ пыток. Джина Хаспел помогала держать эту информацию в тайне. ( Иносми.ру )

Джон Кириаку— бывший сотрудник отдела ЦРУ поборьбе стерроризмом ибывший старший исследователь сенатского комитета помеждународным отношениям. Является соведущим программы Loud and Clear нарадио Sputnik. 11 сентября 2001 года я находился вштаб-квартире ЦРУ вЛэнгли. Как идля всех американцев, дляменя это событие явилось серьезной травмой, ия сам вызвался поехать взаграничную командировку, чтобы предать правосудию лидеров «Аль-Каиды» (террористическая организация, запрещена вРоссии,— ред.). ......

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17 марта, 15:16

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Я попал в тюрьму за разоблачение применявшихся в ЦРУ пыток. Джина Хаспел помогала держать эту информацию в тайне.

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17 марта, 12:51

Женщина, с которой Дональд Трамп хочет пойти в разведку // На должность главы ЦРУ выдвинута Джина Хаспел

На этой неделе президент США Дональд Трамп объявил об отставке госсекретаря Рекса Тиллерсона и назначил на его место бывшего главу ЦРУ Майка Помпео. На освободившееся место во главе ЦРУ президент выдвинул Джину Хаспел, до этого момента занимавшую должность первого заместителя руководителя разведывательного управления США. Как это регулярно случается с администрацией Дональда Трампа, новое назначение тут же стало поводом для ожесточенных споров, взаимных обвинений, ссылок на уничтоженные документы, предъявления неоспоримых фактов и т.п. в американских политических и общественных кругах.

17 марта, 12:08

«Кровавая Джина»: в каких пытках принимала участие новый директор ЦРУ

Ведущая американская газета The Washington Post опубликовала свидетельства бывшего сотрудника ЦРУ по борьбе с терроризмом Джона Кириаку об участии в пытках нового директора ЦРУ Джины Хаспел. На днях на этот пост её назначил президент Дональд Трамп.

17 марта, 06:50

McCabe’s Firing Chips Away at the Justice Department’s Independence

Shortly after he was dismissed Friday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the former FBI deputy director pinned the blame directly on President Trump.

17 марта, 03:25

Widely Reported Haspel CIA Torture Claim Was Fake News; Retracted By ProPublica

Virtually the entire media complex megaphoned a 2017 report by Soros-backed news outlet ProPublica, and to a lesser extent a similar report in the New York Times, claiming that Trump's new pick to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, oversaw a "clandestine base" in Thailand where she participated in, and mocked the torture of suspected al-Qaida leader Abu Zubaydah.  The claims were retracted by ProPublica in an embarrassing correction.  On Feb. 22, 2017, ProPublica published a story that inaccurately described Gina Haspel’s role in the treatment of Abu Zubaydah, a suspected al-Qaida leader who was imprisoned by the CIA at a secret “black site” in Thailand in 2002. The story said that Haspel, a career CIA officer who President Trump has nominated to be the next director of central intelligence, oversaw the clandestine base where Zubaydah was subjected to waterboarding and other coercive interrogation methods that are widely seen as torture. The story also said she mocked the prisoner’s suffering in a private conversation. Neither of these assertions is correct and we retract them. It is now clear that Haspel did not take charge of the base until after the interrogation of Zubaydah ended. Of note, the ProPublica article was published right after the Trump administration promoted Haspel to the CIA's #2 job in early February, 2017 in what appears to be nothing more than a political hit piece. ProPublica's conclusion was drawn from "declassified agency cables" and CIA-reviewed books which referred to Haspel "chief of base." The name of the official was redacted, as well as an online post from former CIA counterterrorism officer, John Kiriakous, who wrote "It was Haspel who oversaw the staff" at the Thai prison.  That's it. Redacted cables and a book which did not state the name of the base chief, and an online post by a CIA counterterrorism officer saying it was Haspel is all it took to smear a woman placed in a top position within the CIA - weeks after the Trump administration gave the 30-year veteran the promotion.  The first clue that something was off in the report was the CIA's statement to ProPublica for the original 2017 report in which an agency spokesperson said “Nearly every piece of the reporting that you are seeking comment on is incorrect in whole or in part.” While Haspel - according to former colleagues, did run the Thai base - the New York Times published a recent piece placing her arrival in late 2002, after the waterboarding of Zubaydah.  And while the MSM glazed over the fact that Trump appointed the CIA's first female director this week, the media ran with the torture narrative - hard. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) even demanded that the CIA declassify documents detailing Haspel's ties to the torture program. Abu Zubaydah's lawyer, Joseph Margulies, penned an angry op-ed in TIME. "In short, all we know for sure is that Haspel was in charge of a site where torture took place," Marguiles wrote. "And make no mistake: it was torture." The narrative is already out there. I doubt that MSNBC and CNN are going to go back and dedicate hours of time to undo the damage that you did. Almost like this was planned and intentional. https://t.co/JRiQUKlsy0 — Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) March 15, 2018 ProPublica's retraction continues:  James Mitchell, the psychologist and CIA contractor who helped to direct the waterboarding of both suspects, said in a broadcast interview on March 14 that Haspel was not the “chief of base” whom he described in his book as making fun of Zubaydah’s suffering. “That chief of base was not Gina,” Mitchell told Fox Business News. “She’s not the COB I was talking about.” Mitchell’s book, “Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying to Destroy America,” referred to the chief of base in Thailand as both “he” and “she.” We erroneously assumed that this was an effort by Mitchell or the agency to conceal the gender of the single official involved; it is now clear that Mitchell was referring to two different people. So in an effort to smear a Trump appointee that the MSM would be fawning over if Obama had appointed the first woman to lead the CIA, the entire mainstream media complex and Dianne Feinstein relied on a report from a Soros-backed news outlet and the New York Times, which both published hit pieces right after the Trump administration promoted her the first time, and were both wrong.  That said, the correction doesn't completely excuse Haspel from her involvement in the program, as she still reportedly ran the base at which "enhanced interrogations" occurred, and advised her boss to shred 92 tapes of Zubaydah's waterboarding, which he did. It also doesn't take away from arguments against enhanced interrogations in general.  The CIA's office of public affairs, meanwhile, praised Haspel's service.  Dean Boyd, director of the CIA’s office of public affairs, praised Haspel’s 30 years of public service and said Thursday in a statement that her qualifications and capabilities would be evident in the hearing process. “It is important to note that she has spent nearly her entire CIA career undercover,” Boyd said. “Much of what is in the public domain about her is inaccurate. We are pleased that ProPublica is willing to acknowledge its mistakes and correct the record regarding its claims about Ms. Haspel.” This is some mistake ... ... I and many others relayed this reporting, which has now been retracted. https://t.co/f6SA8vh9j5 — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) March 15, 2018 ProPublica corrects the(ir) record: Gina Haspel never oversaw the waterboarding of Zubaydah and never taunted/mocked him. She only took command of the base after Zubaydah’s torture had ended. She’s still not a great person, but this is a hell of a retraction. https://t.co/3msQN6Rm6v — Joé McKen (@joemcken) March 16, 2018 I tweeted this story, only seems fair to tweet the retraction. Note that PP is not retracting the part of the story in which Haspel ordered the destruction of torture tapes. https://t.co/JimgEfdNKn — Sarah Merrill (@Sarah_Merrill) March 15, 2018  

16 марта, 23:51

Лавров назвал последствия отставки Тиллерсона для США

Министр иностранных дел России Сергей Лавров рассказал, чем грозит Соединенным Штатам отставка Рекса Тиллерсона с поста госсекретаря. Лавров в интервью вьетнамским и японским СМИ не исключил, что после отставки Тиллерсона в Вашингтоне не будет единой позиции по политике в отношении КНДР. «Мне очень трудно судить, кто конкретно [в США] решает, в каком направлении двигаться по проблемам Корейского полуострова. В принципе, это не наше дело. Бывший госсекретарь США Рекс Тиллерсон, вновь назначенный на этот пост Майк Помпео или директор ЦРУ Джина Хаспел, кто из них будет отвечать за формирование политики – решать президенту США Дональду Трампу», – приводит его слова РИА «Новости». Глава МИД России отметил, что Москва будет смотреть за тем, как формируется позиция США. «Может, там будет несколько позиций», – отметил он. «Посмотрим, как Вашингтон будет действовать и кто там возьмет верх», – сказал Лавров. Российский министр напомнил, что на фоне заявлений американского президента Дональда Трампа встретиться с вождем КНДР в Белом доме говорят о намерении продолжать давление на Северную Корею, что «не очень принято в дипломатии». «Когда договариваются о встрече, то стараются беречь эту договоренность, а не пытаются призывать к действиям, которые могут быть расценены как провокации, нацеленные на срыв саммита», – сказал Лавров, подчеркнув, что это дело американской администрации. Напомним, по словам чиновников из администрации Трампа, у Трампа якобы возникло подозрение, что Тиллерсон, возможно, слишком сильно стремится пойти на уступки КНДР.

16 марта, 23:33

No, Really, This Is Normal. Did You Forget Bush-Cheney?

Trump’s foreign policy isn’t a break from the past. It’s the return of Republican unilateralism.

16 марта, 20:27

Rexit: новый сезон внешней политики США

Новый Госсекретарь — ястреб в отношении России.

16 марта, 19:57

ЦРУ меняет ориентацию

13 марта 2018 года началась новая эра в истории американской разведки. Впервые на пост директора ЦРУ, спецслужбы с мировым именем имидж которого всегда прочно связан с мужественным образом "рыцаря плаща и кинжала", президент США Дональд Трамп предложил назначить женщину...Впрочем, для толерантного американского общества гендерное равенство свято - можно вспомнить хотя бы госсекретарей Мадлен Олбрайт и Кондолизу Райс, кандидата на пост президента страны Хиллари Клинтон. В общем, женщины во всю теснят на политическом Олимпе мужчин.Так кто же та избранница президента Трампа, которая возглавит на ближайшие годы Лэнгли.Джина Чери Хаспел (Gina Cheri Haspel) родилась 1 октября 1956 года (Огненная Обезьяна/Весы). В возрасте 29 лет поступила на работу в разведку.За первые годы службы Хаспел повидала немало достопримечательностей многих уголков мира, как говорится, занималась "оперативным туризмом". Кроме многочисленных краткосрочных командировок в послужном списке 8 лет работы в зарубежных резидентурах ЦРУ в Эфиопии (1987-1989), Турции (1990-1992, 2000- 2002), Азербайджане (1996-1998).После второй длительной командировки в Турцию Джина Хаспел "засветилась" в 2002 году в регионе, который у туристов со всего мира ассоциируется с тайским массажем и прочими восточными развлечениями на все вкусы... Правда при этом она не сама развлекалась, а устраивала "досуг" другим - преимущественно мужчинам, насильно помещенным в секретную тюрьму ЦРУ в Таиланде, которой Хаспел руководила. Среди "развлечений", предлагаемых Джиной своим подопечным, подозреваемым в связях с "Аль-Каидой" - "расширенная техника ведения допросов", а проще говоря, пытки, весь перечень которых был обнародован благодаря независимым СМИ в середине 2000-х годов.Кстати, именно в электронных СМИ в ноябре 2016 года впервые "засвечено" имя Джины Хаспел, как сотрудницы ЦРУ, связанной с проведением тайных операций, незаконными арестами и пытками. В результате утечки из Лэнгли был опубликован список из почти 50 фамилий отличившихся в инквизиции - от руководства ЦРУ до рядовых экзекуторов, водителей и пилотов (см. в конце статьи). Усердие и результативность работы Хаспел в таиландском застенке были замечены, и она продолжает брать очередные карьерные вершины. В 2003 году возглавила аппарат директора Контртеррористического центра ЦРУ Хосе Родригеса. С новым шефом они неплохо сработались, поскольку когда он был повышен до руководителя Национальной службы агентурной разведки, Хаспел последовала за ним.В 2008-2012 годах Джина Хаспен опять за рубежом - в Лондоне официально представляет ЦРУ в MI-5 и MI-6. И в 2012 году из Лондона - прямиком на международную арену - на работу в представительство ООН в Нью-Йорке.В 2013 году тогдашний директор ЦРУ Джон Бреннан предложил кандидатуру Хаспел на должность руководителя Национальной службы агентурной разведки и с конца февраля до начала мая она исполняет обязанности главы этой структуры. Однако назначение не последовало из-за скандала с уничтожением в 2005 году видеоматериалов, свидетельствующих о применении пыток сотрудниками разведки в Таиланде (сотрудники ЦРУ проводили "зачистку" улик, подтверждающих нарушение американцами прав человека!). На пост руководителя Национальной службы агентурной разведки был назначен Френсис Арчибальд, Хаспел удовольствовалась постом его заместителя. После года работы в этой должности она опять убывает в Великобританию, руководителем резидентуры (2014-2016 гг.).2 февраля 2017 года Джина Хаспел становится заместителем директора ЦРУ. Кстати, в том же 2017 году Европейский центр по конституционным правам и правам человека обращался в прокуратуру Германии с просьбой выдать ордер на арест Джины Хаспел по делу о пытках подозреваемых в терроризме. Основанием для этого требования стал доклад небезызвестной правозащитной организации "Amnesty International", в котором указывалось, что Хаспел причастна к пыткам в секретной тюрьме ЦРУ в Таиланде и уничтожению свидетельств о них. С тех пор больше ничего не слышно об этом... видимо европейцы были посланы американцами... далеко и надолго.Сегодня она кандидат на пост директора ЦРУ. Осталась малость - утверждение в Конгрессе США.Головокружительная карьера от рядового сотрудника до главы могущественнейшей в мире разведки. Так, глядишь, она перспективе может замахнуться и на Овальный кабинет в Белом доме, что на Пенсильвания-авеню, 1600.Нынешний имидж и пройденный жизненный путь Джины Хаспел полностью соответствует Огненной Обезьяне.Компания, в которую попала Хаспел (см. список лиц, причастных к похищениям людей и пыткам...), вызывает у профессионалов уважение. Характерно, что женщин в данном перечне почти нет. Правда и то, что по жизни никто не может похвастаться тем, что знаком с мистером Хаспелом ...Лица, причастные к похищениям людей и пыткам в тайных тюрьмах ЦРУцру (публикация 2016 года):Rodney Guу Smith, начальник Отдела специальных операций ЦРУ в 2003-2006 ГГ.;Alejandro D. Martinez, ("Duece Martinez"), аналитик, внештатный сотрудник ЦРУ;Robert Bickle, следователь ЦРУ в 2000-е годы;Robert Kandara, руководитель Программы особо важных задержаний (НVD)ЦРУ с 2003 года;John Bevan, офицер ЦРУ, заместитель в руководстве НVD;Thomas Fletcher, офицер ЦРУ, участник программы НVD;Alan Jorsey, в 2000-е годы в качестве пилота принимал участие в операциях ЦРУ;Alfreda Bukoski, старший офицер про граммы НVD;Jose Rodriguez, с 2004 по 2007 гг. был Инструктивным директором операций ЦРУ, а также являлся директором Национальной тайной службы;• Gina Haspel, глава резидентуры ЦРУ в Лондоне в 2009 г., бывший участник НVD;• Bruce Jessen, контрактор ЦРУ, давал рекомендации по ведению допросов;• Frank (Francisco) Chap, по некоторым данным, еще один офицер НVD, в 2009 г. переведён на работу в АНБ;• Michael К. Winograd, с 2002 по 2005 гг. глава резидентуры ЦРУ в Бангкоке; обладал либо всё еще обладает записями допросов;• James Е. Mitchell, CrA контр актор ЦРУ, формально в составе Объединенного агентства по восстановлению персонала, в настоящий момент частный контрактор Брюса Джеесена, советника по ведению допросов, занимался уничтожением записей их проведения;• Michael D' Andrea, в 2002 г. руководитель операций, проводимых контртеррористическим центром ЦРУ; позже глава резидентуры в Каире;• Robert Grenier, в 1999 по 2002 гг. глава резидентуры ЦРУ в Пакистане, с 2004 по 2006 г. глава Контртеррористического центра;• Kirk Hubbard, в 2000-е годы психолог ЦРУ, советник по ведению допросов;• Carol S. Rоsеnblum, психолог ЦРУ, советник по ведению допросов;• Richard Blee, с 2004 по 2004 гг. глава резидентуры ЦРУ в Пакистане, также был вовлечен в программу НVD;• Martin (Marty) Martin, старший офицер с 2000 по 2005 ГГ., позже глава резидентуры в Каире, участник программы допросов• Robert Dannenberg, с 2004 по 2006 гг. глава Подразделения по Центральной Евразии, которое включало в себя Румынию, Польшу и ряд других европейских стран, сотрудник Отдела специальных операций, Контртеррористического центра и программы НVD;• Robert Richer, помощник Директора по операциям ЦРУ до конца 2005 г., в 2002-2004 гг. руководитель Отдела Ближнего Востока и Южной Азии, участник программы, отвечающей за экстрадицию подозреваемых;• John Radsen, Jonathan Fredman, John Rizzo, Robert Eatinger, Paul Kelbaugh, Robert Monahan, Steven W. Hermes, агенты ЦРУ, связанные с экстрадицией, пытками и программой НVD;• James Pavit, с 1999 по 2004 гг. заместителя Директора по операциям ЦРУ, участник целого ряда арестов и допросов;• Stephen Kappes, помощник заместителя Директора по операциям ЦРУ в 2002- 2004 ГГ., первый заместитель директора ЦРУ в 2009 г.;• Michael Sulick, заместитель помощника заместителя Директора по операциям ЦРУ в 2002-2004 ГГ., помощник заместителя Директора по операциям ЦРУ в 2004-2007гг.; после 2007 года - директор Национальной тайной службы;• John Sano, в 2005 году руководитель Подразделения Восточной Азии, в 2005 - 2007гг. заместитель директора Национальной тайной службы;• Jami Miscik, в 2002 -2004 г. заместитель Директора разведки, участвовал в деятельности Отдела специальных операцией;• Scott White, помощник заместителя Директора разведки в 2002 - 2004 гг., Директор помощи в 2006 - 2008 ГГ., помощник заместителя директора, который в 2009 г. занял место Майкла Морелла;Ronald Czarnetsky, в 2002 -2005 ГГ., глава резидентуры ЦРУ в Польше, в 2009 г. глава резидентуры в Москве;Paul Zalucky, глава резидентуры в Польше с 2005 по 2007 гг.;Larry Seals, директор Авиационного отдела ЦРУ с 2001 по 2004 ГГ., руководитель программ по экстрадиции с 2004 г.;Scott D. Wever, в 2001 - 2004 гг. офицер Авиационного отдела ЦРУ в различных точках, нанят контрактором ЦРУ - CSC - в 2004 -2005 ГГ., вновь нанят в 2006 - 2007 гг. дляучастия в программе по экстрадиции;William L. Ballhaus, генеральный директор DynCorp Intemational, контрактор ЦРУ в программе по экстрадиции в 2002 - 2005 гг; Stephen Lee, менеджер в CSC/Dyncorp с 2001 по 2005 гг. участник программы по экстрадиции;Willian Vigil, менеджер CSC/Dyncorp, участник операций ЦРУ по контракту, управлял авиационными операциями ЦРУ в 2005 - 2007 ГГ., затем в 2007 перешел в компанию McNeil Security, которая также является контрактором ЦРУ;Lawrence Dan Engelhaupt, CSC/Dyncorp директор CSC/Dyncorp, участник операций ЦРУ по контракту в 2002 - 2007 ГГ., также перешел в McNeil в 2007 г.;Steve Dugre, еще один менеджер CSC/Dyncorp, участник операций ЦРУ по контракту с 2001 по 2007 Г., с 2007 г. сотрудник McNeil;Michael Edward Anderson, Аего Contractors of North Carolina, пилот воздушных бортов ЦРУ N3 79Р, N31 ЗР, летал с миссиями в Афганистан, Марокко и Польшу.(http://cigr.net/glavnoe/2...)

16 марта, 19:13

Rand Paul opposes Haspel despite retracted report

Sen. Rand Paul remains staunchly opposed to the nomination of Gina Haspel to be CIA director, despite the retraction of a prominent anecdote that Paul referenced when announcing he will do everything he can to block her confirmation.On Thursday, ProPublica retracted reporting that Haspel oversaw a base in Thailand while suspected terrorist Abu Zubaydah was subject to enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, that many senators believe to be torture, as well as mocking the prisoner's treatment. Paul referenced the story in his press conference on Wednesday and said Haspel has been "gleeful" in her defense of torture techniques.But one of Paul's top aides said on Friday that the Kentucky Republican will still oppose Haspel, a move that could tank her nomination in the closely divided Senate."Senator Rand Paul was quoting a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter. Regardless of the retraction of one anecdote, the fact remains that Gina Haspel was instrumental in running a place where people were tortured. According to multiple published, undisputed accounts, she oversaw a black site and she further destroyed evidence of torture. This should preclude her from ever running the CIA," said Doug Stafford, Paul's chief strategist.ProPublica said this week that their 2017 story on Haspel was accurate in describing Haspel's push to destroy tapes of Zubaydah's waterboarding.With Paul in opposition to Haspel and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) receiving treatment for brain cancer, Republicans now need some Democratic support to confirm Haspel. No Democrats have yet voiced such support, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that both Haspel and secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo may not be confirmed.

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16 марта, 16:09

Torture allegations dog Gina Haspel as she is poised to be first female CIA head

Trump’s nominee to run the agency is accused of having run a black site and authorised destruction of videotapes of waterboardingGina Haspel is set to become the first female director in the 70-year history of the CIA. But smashing that glass ceiling will depend on offering the US Senate a convincing explanation about her dark past.More than a decade ago Haspel reportedly oversaw an infamous secret CIA prison in Thailand where a terrorism suspect, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, was waterboarded, a process that simulates drowning. She is also said to have drafted orders to destroy video evidence of such torture, which prompted a lengthy justice department investigation that ended without charges. Continue reading...