May 17, 2018

Wyden Floor Statement Opposing Gina Haspel to Lead CIA

Washington, D.C. –Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor to oppose the nomination of Gina Haspel to run the Central Intelligence Agency.

View the video of his full speech here.

Wyden blasted Haspel’s control over the declassification process, which she has used to suppress any negative information from becoming public.

“As the Senate moves to vote on the nominee to head the CIA, here’s the bottom line: while the American people have been told that Gina Haspel likes Johnny Cash and talked to Mother Teresa, Ms. Haspel has been exercising the unprecedented power to personally censor any facts that might get in the way of her confirmation,” Wyden said.

Read his full remarks, as prepared for delivery, here.

Wyden emphasized that his concerns are not limited to reports about her involvement in torture and destruction of torture tapes. He criticized the Senate for allowing a secret confirmation process, and going along with the CIA cover-up of her record.