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Trump just appointed a war criminal to lead the CIA. On March 13, 2018, a flurry of announcements and tweets revealed a shakeup in Trump’s administration. Rex Tillerson is out at the State Department. He’s being replaced by Mike Pompeo, who until now has been Trump’s head of the CIA. That leaves an open position to lead the spy agency – and Trump has given it to Gina Haspel.

Gina Haspel personally helped torture detainees in a secret CIA-run prison in Thailand during the Bush administration. She oversaw brutal treatment of detainees, and then made sure the video evidence was destroyed. She even wrote out instructions to use industry-strength shredders to demolish the tapes, and advocated burning the entire site to the ground. Trump wants to bring torture back, and he just hired someone who could help him do it.

We can block Gina Haspel’s confirmation. Gina Haspel belongs in prison, not leading the CIA. We expect that Republican senators McCain and Paul will oppose her confirmation, meaning that if Democrats stick together, they can block her confirmation. Make sure that your senators hear from you that you expect them to vote against Haspel for CIA Director.

As for Mike Pompeo, Trump brags that they are very similar. If Pompeo is confirmed to be our top diplomat, he will help export Trumpism internationally. Mike Pompeo has displayed anti-Muslim bigotry, spouted dangerous warmongering, opposed diplomacy with Iran, and denied climate change poses a national security threat.

We are all less safe if Pompeo and Haspel are confirmed. Tell Senators to reject them.

Call Script

Call Rob Portman at 202-224-3353

Call Sherrod Brown at 202-224-2315

Hi, my name is [NAME] and my address [ADDRESS]. I’m calling today to ask you to publicly oppose the nominations of Gina Haspel and Mike Pompeo.

Trump has nominated Gina Haspel to lead the CIA. Haspel ran a CIA black site in Thailand during the Bush administration, where detainees were tortured. She also helped destroy the video evidence. She is a war criminal and should be in jail, but instead Trump wants to give her a promotion. Will you commit to publicly opposing her nomination?

Mike Pompeo is not suited to serve as the top diplomat. He has shown support for torture, denied climate change, embraced anti-Muslim bigotry, and worked to undo Iran diplomacy. Will you publicly commit to opposing Mike Pompeo’s nomination to lead the State Department?
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