Gina Haspel sworn in a first female director of the Central Intelligence Agency

CIA's new chief takes oath, vows more spies afield

Huckabee Sanders Claims Democrats Just Lost Their 'War Against Women' With Haspel Appointment

With this, Haspel becomes the first female director in the 71-year history of the agency.

"I know that you will thrive as the agency's director and help keep our nation safe and strong and proud and free", Mr. Trump said at the ceremony at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

Top Democrats (and some Republicans) protested Haspel's nomination because of her role in President Bush's enhanced interrogation program following the September 11 attacks. "And a very courageous man - he's courageous - Congressman Devin Nunes".

New CIA Director Gina Haspel pledged to send more spies into the field during her swearing-in Monday as President Donald Trump offered up praise for the rank-and-file, who felt snubbed during his first visit to the headquarters of the premier USA intelligence agency. "We demand it of ourselves and America deserves nothing less", Haspel said.

She also understands too much reliance on technology and not enough on "human assets", as they are called, is a mistake. "Democrats are losing their war against women in the Trump administration", she wrote.

To judge by her comments moments after she was sworn in as the new Central Intelligence Agency director, Gina Haspel has her priorities in order.

Trump used the power of his Twitter account to amplify remarks from Dan Bongino, a conservative commentator, who alleged on Fox that Brennan used an intelligence dossier to begin an illegitimate investigation of the Trump campaign. Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, also said Brennan had "disgraced the intelligence community". He has been a vocal critic of Trump.

"America is respected again".

Hours later, the DOJ did ask its watchdog to expand an existing probe. A readout of the meeting indicated that the DOJ's inspector general would expand an ongoing investigation into the FBI's practices and brief congressional leaders on "highly classified and other information they have requested".

Three Republicans opposed her: Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking member of the intelligence committee. Lindsey Graham of SC.

The Monday morning tweets by the president followed a weekend in which Trump angrily complained about reports that the investigation into his campaign's contacts with Russian Federation relied in part on confidential informants.

The president dismissed the Times' story and repeated his charge that Mueller's team of investigators is populated by "heavily conflicted Democrats" and people who had worked for Obama.

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