Trump Set to Nominate Torture-Supporting Senator Tom Cotton as CIA Director, Report Claims

By John Haltiwanger

The CIA could soon be led by a man who’s expressed support for torture, according to a bombshell report from The New York Times.

Trump is planning to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and nominate Senator Tom Cotton to head the intelligence agency in the next few weeks, the report claims. Cotton has reportedly indicated he’d accept the position.

The president was evasive on Thursday when questioned about these reports, so it’s not clear what might happen moving forward. But nominating Cotton as CIA director would likely bring a great deal of scrutiny and outcry from progressives.