Cornyn: Democrats Grasping for Excuses to Oppose Haspel

Statement

Date: May 8, 2018
Location: Washington, DC

Today at a press conference, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) urged his colleagues to give President Trump's nominee for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) a fair confirmation process. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn's remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.

"We've seen how, in this toxic political environment, that people can experience character assassination without the opportunity to even answer questions and defend themselves, and we hope that those who did that before will refrain and give Gina Haspel a fair opportunity."

"The thing that you will see tomorrow that will distinguish our approach from that of some of our colleagues across the aisle is they're going to be living in the past and try to re-litigate issues that have long been resolved, while we're going to be asking about the present threats to the country."

"What the American people really care about is making sure that the CIA is in the most competent hands possible and is doing everything they can within the law to keep us safe."


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