WASHINGTON — Countering resistance to President Trump’s pick for CIA director, the spy agency gave lawmakers a declassified memo Friday showing she was cleared years ago of wrongdoing in the destruction of videotapes showing terror suspects being waterboarded after 9/11.

The eight-page memo given to the Senate intelligence committee summarizes a disciplinary review conducted by then-CIA deputy director Mike Morell. In the 2011 memo, obtained by The Associated Press, Morell said that while Gina Haspel was one of the two officers “directly involved in the decision to destroy the tapes,” he “found no fault” with what she did.

Morell, who supports Haspel’s nomination to be the first female CIA director, wrote that she drafted a cable ordering the tapes destroyed, but that it was issued by her boss, Jose Rodriguez, then chief of clandestine services.


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