Senate panel delays CIA nominee Brennan's confirmation vote

By REUTERS
February 28, 2013 01:33




WASHINGTON - The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday postponed until next week a vote on the confirmation of White House aide John Brennan to be CIA director, dashing hopes of Democratic leaders who had hoped to hold a vote on Thursday.

The committee's Republican vice chairman, Senator Saxby Chambliss, said the panel expects to hold the vote on Tuesday.

No immediate explanation was available for why the vote was delayed. However, the Obama administration has been at odds with members of the committee's Democratic majority over White House unwillingness to disclose some highly classified legal documents related to "targeted killings," including the use of lethal drone strikes against suspected militants.

While the administration allowed members of the intelligence committee to review copies of four such documents, it has refused to turn over what Senate officials believe are at least seven related memos.


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