February 02, 2017

Wyden, Heinrich Express Concern on Selection of Gina Haspel to be Deputy Director of the CIA

Washington, D.C.– Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., today wrote the president to express concern at the selection of Gina Haspel to serve as deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Their full letter is below.

February 2, 2017

The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We write to express our concern at the announcement today that Ms. Gina Haspel has been named as the Deputy Director of the CIA. Her background makes her unsuitable for the position. We are sending separately a classified letter explaining our position and urge that the information in that letter be immediately declassified.

Thank you for your attention to this serious matter.


Ron Wyden Martin Heinrich

cc: Mr. Michael Dempsey, Acting Director of National Intelligence
The Honorable Mike Pompeo, Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Mr. Dana Boente, Acting Attorney General
The Honorable James Mattis, Secretary of Defense
The Honorable Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State
The Honorable James B. Comey, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Honorable Christopher Sharpley, Acting CIA Inspector General