Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement today in support of Gina Haspel’s nomination for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director:
“Gina Haspel is a career intelligence officer who has served over 30 years with the CIA, and combated both communist threats and terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda and ISIS. She is perhaps the most highly qualified person ever nominated for this crucial national security position. Her nomination has the support of six former CIA Directors who have served under presidents of both parties, and I look forward to her rapid confirmation on the Senate floor.
“I implore my colleagues not to play politics with this essential nomination, and to consider what message that would send to the thousands of patriotic personnel serving our nation at agencies in Washington and around the globe, as well as what message that would send to our adversaries and those who seek us harm. Our intelligence officers are America’s first line of defense, and it’s critical that our leaders and policymakers have the best intelligence possible as they work to protect and advance U.S. interests. I am confident Gina Haspel is the right leader for the CIA at this time and enthusiastically support her nomination.”