WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, spoke on the Senate floor in support of Gina Haspel’s nomination to serve as the next CIA Director. Blunt noted that her 33-year career and demonstrated leadership make her one of the most qualified people to have ever been nominated to the position.
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Following are Excerpts From Blunt’s Remarks:
“Also, today we are talking about a nomination in a committee that should look carefully at that. It is a committee I am on--the Intelligence Committee. It is the nomination of someone to run the CIA--the Central Intelligence Agency. It is critically important to the country. Actually, the President has nominated the most qualified person ever to be nominated to that job in the history of the CIA. She is someone who has spent her entire 30-plus-year career in the CIA, someone who has had almost every job you could have in the CIA, someone who has been at the front ranks in the most dangerous countries working for the Central Intelligence Agency, and someone who currently serves not just as the Acting Director but has been serving as the Deputy Director. Nobody has ever been nominated with that capacity.
“When people look at the hearing that was publicly held today, I think they're going to see an individual of incredible preparation. They're going to see someone who needs no on-the-job training, someone who is not only running the agency now day-to-day, but someone who knows more about the agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, than anybody has ever known who has held that job. …
“She's nominated by the president that she has been briefing since her boss became the Secretary of State, and part of the time while he was the Director of the CIA. General Hayden, one of virtually every past Director of the CIA, Democrat and Republican appointees, have said she is someone who should be confirmed. General Mike Hayden, in a quote that I particularly liked, said that she was the person he would want in the room when the President was making a decision. She'd be the person that you and I would want, I think, to be there understanding the facts. …
“I said at the hearing this morning--this is a phrase I don't use very often, and I think it is overused, but if ever there is a moment when someone speaks ‘truth to power’--if that is the right way to describe the discussion--that could certainly be the moment when the Director of the CIA, with a 32- or 34-year career there, would say to the President of the United States: ‘Mr. President, that doesn't take into account all of the facts. Let's be sure we understand everything we need to know before you make that decision.’ That is truth to power.’”