The CIA has given Congress a tranche of classified documents related to the controversial undercover background of Gina Haspel, President Trump‘s choice to lead the spy agency.
The delivery — a single cardboard box marked “hand carry” that was wheeled in on a dolly to a secure facility in the Capitol basement — comes as the agency is under fierce pressure from Democrats to declassify more information about Haspel’s involvement in its now-defunct detention and interrogation program.
“As Acting Director Haspel promised, CIA delivered a set of classified documents to the Senate today so that every Senator can review Acting Director Haspel’s actual, and outstanding record,” a CIA spokesperson said in a statement.
“These documents cover the entirety of her career, including her time in CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center in the years after 9/11. We encourage every Senator to take the time to read the entire set of documents.”
It’s unclear how much detail the CIA has provided lawmakers in advance of her Wednesday hearing, which is expected to be contentious. A second box, similarly marked, was also delivered to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s secure spaces.
Because so much of Haspel’s record is still classified — 32 of her 33 years at the agency were spent undercover — much of the fight in Congress has revolved around what information, if any, the CIA will make public about her past. – READ MORE[give_form id=”79809″] [contentcards url=”http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/386538-cia-delivers-classified-materials-to-congress-on-haspel” target=”_blank”]