Key 9/11 planner wants to weigh on nomination of Trump CIA pick

A key architect in the 9/11 attacks is asking to talk to senators about Trump’s pick for CIA Director Gina Haspel.

National Review:

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the principal planner of the 9/11 attacks, has asked for permission to brief U.S. senators on his thoughts regarding Gina Haspel’s nomination as head of the CIA.

Mohammed, who was captured in 2003 and subsequently waterboarded repeatedly, has asked a military judge at Guantanamo Bay permission to share six paragraphs of information related to Haspel with the Senate, the New York Times reports. It is unclear whether the judge will rule in time for the information to be shared prior to Haspel’s Wednesday confirmation hearing.

A Senate Intelligence Committee report found that Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times, slapped, slammed against a wall, and given unnecessary rectal examinations in the weeks after his capture. During his interrogations Mohammed made a series of confessions that were later determined to be false.

Gina Haspel is in trouble of being officially nominated due to the Democrats and GOP Senators Rand Paul and John McCain. Gina Haspel would be the first female director of the CIA.

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