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Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo will become the new USA secretary of state. According to ProPublica, which cited government records, Haspel was in a leadership position as Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian man whom the Central Intelligence Agency mistakenly believed to be a high-level Al-Qaeda operative, was shackled to a gurney, waterboarded, deprived of sleep, and confined "for hours in a coffin-like box", at times vomiting, urinating on himself, and losing consciousness so that medical personnel had to revive him.

Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and will nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to succeed the oil tycoon.

Tillerson's replacement Mike Pompeo said in his previous role as CIA director that the agency had observed Russian activity to influence the next USA election cycle, the November mid-terms.

And Trump's choice to replace Pompeo at the CIA, Gina Haspel, is likely to be asked about her role in the CIA's interrogation program.

"I find it just fantastic that anyone would consider having this woman at the head of the CIA", Paul said. I have long admired leaders, including Senator John McCain, who have spoken out about the ineffectiveness of using torture to interrogate detainees and the damage it does to our standing in the world.

"I actually got along well with Rex, but really it was a different mindset". "I think the debate over whether or not America is a country in favor of torture or not is an important one".




Paul claimed that Pompeo and Haspel both supported war in Iraq and now want war in Iran, which he opposes. As Trump's conduct of foreign policy grows increasingly chaotic, some checking by Congress is more needed than ever.

"I'm perplexed by the nomination of people who love the Iraq War so much that they would advocate for a war with Iran next", Paul added.

Intelligence officers who served with her, and congressional officials said that in 2002, during Republican President George W. Bush's administration, she was responsible for the secret prison code-named "Cat's Eye". Haspel has a dark past with the agency, stretching back to her management of a CIA "black site" prison.

Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 Senate majority. "If Ms. Haspel seeks to serve at the highest levels of USA intelligence, the government can no longer cover up disturbing facts from her past".

Relations between Moscow and Washington can not fall further after the departure of the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said the Kremlin Wednesday.

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