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Obama’s CIA nominee on fast track for confirmation


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After lagging for weeks, John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director is on the fast track to Senate confirmation after the White House agreed to give lawmakers access to top-secret legal opinions justifying the use of lethal drone strikes against terror suspects.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was trying Wednesday to get a Senate confirmation vote before the end of the day. On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee overwhelmingly approved Brennan’s nomination by a vote of 12-3, with four Republicans on the committee siding with the eight Democrats.

The committee’s chairwoman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called for swift approval of Brennan’s nomination. If confirmed, Brennan would replace Michael Morell, the CIA’s deputy director who has been acting director since David Petraeus resigned in November after acknowledging an affair with his biographer.

“He’s got a whole chain of duties as the No. 2 and it’s hard to be No. 1 at the same time,” Feinstein said Tuesday of Morell. “This is an agency that most of us think needs oversight, needs supervision and needs direction. It needs a director.”

The Republican vice chairman of the committee, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., voted against the nomination because he didn’t think Brennan would create the type of “trust relationship” that needs to exist between the agency and Congress.

Read More at OfficialWire . By Richard Lardner.


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