Avril Haines received 1st Senate approval in new cabinet
Published: 03:54 PM, 21 January 2021
The process of forming the new Cabinet has already begun after Joe Biden was sworn in as United States President. The Senate has begun the process of approving. Avril Haines has received the first Senate approval as a new cabinet member. Biden has appointed her director of national intelligence.
The U.S. Senate finalized the appointment of Avril Haines by a vote of 84-10 on Wednesday. Haines, 51, is the first woman to hold the post. She has previously held various positions in the National Intelligence Agency.
The Biden administration sought the speedy approval of a few more members of the new Cabinet. However, it was not possible to finalize the appointment as the Congress session ended.
Haines, meanwhile, took part in a Senate hearing on Tuesday seeking permission to release the previous administration’s secret probe report. Apparently, the Biden camp wants to highlight the Trump administration’s efforts to protect the Saudi royal family from the responsibility for Khashoggi’s brutal assassination at the Saudi embassy.
At the hearing, Senator Ron Wyden told Avril Haines that there was an “immediate opportunity to overturn” the chapter on excessive secrecy and lawlessness of the outgoing administration.
Dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. He was accompanied by his Turkish fiance Hatice Cengiz. Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to bring the necessary documents for the marriage.
Saudi authorities have admitted to killing him after a worldwide backlash over his disappearance. They claimed that the journalist was slain “due to mistakes of the officials” during the interrogation. However, no trace of his body was found. He is thought to have been killed at the behest of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS.
The fiance filed a lawsuit against the Saudi prince in the United States last October over the killings. It has been alleged that the Saudi prince personally ordered the brutal assassination of Khashoggi. “I trust the US civil justice system for justice and transparency,” said deceased Jamal Khashoggi’s fiance Hatice Cengiz.