Both of California’s U.S. senators will vote against Gina Haspel to lead the CIA, and her confirmation in the full Senate appears increasingly shaky.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Thursday that she will oppose Haspel’s nomination, a day after she sharply questioned Haspel at a confirmation hearing on Wednesday about the CIA’s abusive interrogations in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Although Haspel pledged to not restart the discredited program, her answers did not satisfy Feinstein, who spearheaded a scathing 2014 report on the CIA’s secret prison network and brutal treatment of detainees. Haspel ran one of those secret facilities in Thailand in 2002.
President Trump announced Thursday that he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore next month, solidifying a historic meeting between the heads of state who had spent a year lobbing threatening comments at each other.
Trump tweeted that the “highly anticipated meeting” — the first between a sitting U.S. president and the leader of antagonistic North Korea — would take place on June 12 in Singapore, an island state in southeast Asia. The president waited to release final details of the summit until three American hostages returned home in the early hours of Thursday.
The U.S. has a tough goal: persuading one of the world’s most isolated governments to give up its nuclear arms program, which North Korea sees as essential to preserving its government.
House Democrats early Thursday released the full slate of roughly 3,500 advertisements purchased on Facebook by the Russian Internet Research Agency, most during the 2016 campaign, in what U.S. intelligence agencies said was Moscow’s attempt to sow discord and boost Donald Trump’s candidacy.
“There’s no question that Russia sought to weaponize social media platforms to drive a wedge between Americans, and in an attempt to sway the 2016 election,” said a statement from Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
He added, “The only way we can begin to inoculate ourselves against a future attack is to see first-hand the types of messages, themes and imagery the Russians used to divide us.”
The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?
President Trump threatened the media on Wednesday morning, suggesting he could pull the White House press credentials of reporters for unfavorable coverage of him and his administration.
“Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Trump complains about the media often but rarely threatens government action. During the presidential campaign, he would sometimes bar reporters for certain media outlets from his rallies. As president, he suggested he could take television networks’ broadcast licenses — though federal licenses go to individual stations, not networks — and he proposed an audit of the Post Office system to target Amazon, linking the company to the Washington Post because both are owned by Jeff Bezos.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is holding a confirmation hearing on Wednesday morning for Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA.
Her nomination is highly controversial because of her role in the agency’s counterterrorism operations after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, including running a so-called black site prison in Thailand where suspects were waterboarded, and protesters showed up to oppose her.
Protestors are outside the Senate office building where Gina Haspel’s hearing is being held this morning pic.twitter.com/SNjixdwFkv
I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. Date & Place set.
President Trump on Wednesday announced that North Korea had released three American captives to visiting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a conciliatory signal from Kim Jong Un’s government ahead of a planned summit between him and the president.
Trump broke the news on Twitter, saying that Pompeo was returning after a brief visit with “3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is so looking forward to meeting.” In a second tweet, Trump said he would be at Joint Base Andrews to greet them when they arrive at 2 a.m. Thursday.
Trump did not identify them as hostages or name them. But the president, who has taken a particular interest in individual hostage cases, had been hinting of their imminent release for days.