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Haspel endures Senate interrogation

by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/09/18, 01:11 pm

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the CIA faced a tough grilling Wednesday morning during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Gina Haspel, 61, tried to assure senators she would not return to the tactics the agency used shortly after the 9/11 attacks. “I would not allow CIA to undertake activity that I thought was immoral, even if it was technically legal,” Haspel said. “I would absolutely not permit it.” Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the agency, ran a covert detention site in Thailand where terror suspects were waterboarded.

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Ryan lets House chaplain keep job

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/04/18, 10:55 am

The chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives will return to work after claiming Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., forced him to resign without a good reason. Ryan said his decision to ask Patrick Conroy, a Catholic priest, to step down “was based on my duty to ensure that the House has the kind of pastoral services that it deserves,” but, “I know that this body is not well served by a protracted fight over such an important position.” Conroy’s resignation drew criticism, especially from Catholic lawmakers.

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GOP-led House committee clears Trump of collusion

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/27/18, 01:56 pm

The House Intelligence Committee on Friday released a report concluding it found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election. Democrats quickly panned the report’s findings, accusing the committee’s Republican majority of playing “defense counsel” for the White House.

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