Gina Haspel, Trump's pick for CIA director, faces scrutiny for role in torture program

NEW YORK -- President Trump on Tuesday tapped Gina Haspel, the deputy director of the CIA, to head the agency after nominating current director Mike Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.

CBS News senior national security contributor Michael Morell, who served as deputy director and acting director of the CIA, worked with Haspel for 10 years, and described her as "highly regarded" within the agency.

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