Kelly Sadler, a special assistant in the White House communications office, is said to have referred to the senator's deteriorating health in response to his objections to Trump's new CIA nominee.
Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, promises the US spy agency will never resume a programme of torturing detainees, during her confirmation hearing.
Gina Haspel offered to withdraw after White House aides sought out additional details about her role in the CIA's now-defunct programme of detaining and brutally interrogating terror suspects after 9/11.
The US president says he is replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and has tapped Gina Haspel to head the intelligence agency, the first woman to head the US spy service.
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