By Martin Heinrich Press Office
U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats requesting that all Central IntelligenceAgency (CIA) information related to any involvement Gina Haspel may have had in the CIA’s Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation program be declassified in advance of her nomination hearing at the Senate Select Committee on the Intelligence on May 9, 2018.
“Given that Ms. Haspel, as the current Acting Director of the CIA, is in the conflicted position of serving as the classification authority over potentially derogatory information related to her own nomination, we can think of no more appropriate situation for you to serve as the relevant authority – as outlined in EO 13526,” said the senators. “The American people deserve transparency regarding the background of a nominee who will be asked to represent them, and their values, around the world. We urge you to uphold that imperative, and to declassify the information requested above prior to Ms. Haspel’s upcoming nomination hearing at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on May 9, 2018. Without making this information available to the American people, Ms. Haspel’s nomination cannot be fully and properly considered by the Senate.”