Dem Sen Wyden: Trump Admin ‘Engaged in an out-and-out Cover-up’ to Hide Haspel’s Background

On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) stated the Trump administration “is engaged in an out-and-out cover-up” to keep people from knowing about newly-nominated CIA Director Gina Haspel’s professional background.

Wyden said, “I think, with respect to Miss Haspel, in particular, the Trump administration is engaged in an out-and-out cover-up to keep the American people from knowing about her professional background. As you know, there have been many public stories linking her to torture. … And the reality is, the CIA has actually lied to the American people and to the Congress. They have claimed that torture stopped terrorist plots. There’s no evidence of that. So, I and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) have led the effort to get this nominee’s background declassified. I can tell you there is absolutely no reason why a significant amount of her background couldn’t be declassified without harming America’s national security.”

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