John Rizzo Fact-Checks Sen. Feinstein On CIA Nominee’s Background

Julia Nista General Assignment Reporter
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Former CIA chief legal officer John Rizzo fact checked Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein on MSNBC Thursday after she made an incorrect claim about Gina Haspel’s CIA background.


During a Senate hearing on Haspel’s nomination for CIA director, Feinstein incorrectly claimed that Haspel ran an interrogation program in the counterterrorism center of the CIA based off of a corrected statement by Rizzo.

Rizzo said, “this was one sentence in a 330-page book I put out four years ago,” and that Haspe, “before becoming Jose Rodriguez’ chief of staff, quote, ran the interrogation program.”

He then re-iterated the correction. “In retrospect, I overstated her role. She didn’t run the program. So that’s why I was happy to correct the record.”

Rizzo went on to say that he was unsure of the details of Haspel’s involvement in any black site programs.

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