Gina Haspel courts hesitant senators in lead-up to confirmation hearing

After a weekend of tumult generated by a report that CIA acting director Gina Haspel had offered to withdraw her candidacy, the nominee visited Capitol Hill for a final round of one-on-one meetings with senators ahead of her Wednesday confirmation hearing.

The usually press-averse Haspel entered the Senate Hart building in full view of waiting cameras and had a uniform message throughout the day. “Hi everyone. Looking forward to Wednesday,” she said to reporters before heading into her first meeting with Senator Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia.

Over the course of the afternoon, she also visited with Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-California and Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, and is expected to return to Capitol Hill to meet with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, and Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, on Tuesday. All are crucial votes in a confirmation effort the White House has acknowledged is “close,” and likely to come down to a

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