May 1st, 2013
08:22 AM ET
1 year ago

Petraeus' mistress Broadwell: I'm looking forward

(CNN) – After weathering a political and personal scandal that made her the subject of glaring media scrutiny, Paula Broadwell says she's ready to move forward.

The former Army reservist who became romantically involved with Gen. David Petraeus while penning his biography, and was later accused of sending threatening e-mails to another woman, Broadwell told a local television station in Charlotte she's returning to the faith-based environment of her childhood.
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Filed under: CIA • David Petraeus
March 7th, 2013
03:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Brennan confirmed for CIA after drone delay

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate approved John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency Thursday after a Republican senator ended his delay of the vote earlier in the day.

Brennan was confirmed by a 63-34 vote that crossed party lines. His elevation to the post was widely expected, though he faced vocal opposition from critics like Sen. Rand Paul, who filibustered the vote and demanded more answers from President Barack Obama's administration on when they might use unmanned drones to target Americans suspected of being terrorists.
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Brennan, approved by committee, still faces battle from Republicans
March 5th, 2013
03:45 PM ET
1 year ago

Brennan, approved by committee, still faces battle from Republicans

Washington (CNN) – John Brennan, nominated last month by President Barack Obama to become the next CIA director, came one step closer Tuesday to assuming that role after being approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

But the former top counterterrorism adviser still faces a battle in the full Senate, where some Republicans have vowed to stall his nomination until they receive answers about the country's drone program and the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
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Filed under: CIA • John Brennan
'Hell-bent': Graham, McCain threaten to stall Brennan nomination over Libya
March 3rd, 2013
06:05 PM ET
1 year ago

'Hell-bent': Graham, McCain threaten to stall Brennan nomination over Libya

(CNN) – Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have vowed to hold up a full Senate vote on CIA Director nominee John Brennan until they get answers about the U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya.

"I'm not going to vote on a new CIA director until I find out what the CIA did in Benghazi," Graham said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation."
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Filed under: CIA • John McCain • Libya • Lindsey Graham
Five things we learned from John Brennan's confirmation hearing
John Brennan at Senate confirmation hearing to be CIA Director.
February 7th, 2013
11:57 PM ET
1 year ago

Five things we learned from John Brennan's confirmation hearing

Washington (CNN) - John Brennan came well-prepared Thursday and held his own during questioning at his Senate confirmation hearing to become the 21st director of the Central Intelligence Agency. It was in stark contrast to what was considered by many as an ill-prepared, lethargic performance by defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearing last week.

Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee mostly grilled Brennan about his knowledge of the CIA's controversial interrogation and detention program and the lethal targeting of suspected terrorists. Republicans tended to focus on leaks of secret information about counterterrorism activities.

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Filed under: CIA • John Brennan
Protesters disrupt Senate hearing; CIA nominee faces scrutiny over drones
February 7th, 2013
07:47 AM ET
1 year ago

Protesters disrupt Senate hearing; CIA nominee faces scrutiny over drones

Washington (CNN) – A hearing on President Barack Obama's nominee to head the CIA was temporarily halted on Thursday after protesters repeatedly prevented John Brennan from speaking.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, ordered the room cleared of spectators after a fifth person began shouting as Brennan began his opening statement.

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Filed under: CIA • John Brennan • Senate
Official: Obama to tap Brennan as CIA director
January 7th, 2013
09:09 AM ET
2 years ago

Official: Obama to tap Brennan as CIA director

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will nominate John Brennan, his chief counterterrorism adviser, to be the next director of the CIA, a senior administration official said Monday.

Brennan, 57, has served as assistant to the president for counterterrorism and homeland security since 2009.

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Filed under: CIA • John Brennan • President Obama
Obama to name John Brennan to lead CIA
January 7th, 2013
07:10 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama to name John Brennan to lead CIA

(CNN) – President Obama will nominate John Brennan to be the next director of the CIA, according to a senior administration official.

The announcement is expected Monday afternoon at the same time the President nominates Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense, the official said.

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Hagel, Brennan nominations planned for Monday
January 6th, 2013
12:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Hagel, Brennan nominations planned for Monday

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama plans to announce former Sen. Chuck Hagel as his nominee to become the next defense secretary and Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan as the nominee for CIA director on Monday, administration officials told CNN.

Two sources close to Hagel have also been told to expect the defense secretary announcement on Monday, and additional sources - a senior administration official and a source familiar with the nomination - said Obama spoke to Hagel Sunday by telephone.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • CIA • Department of Defense
Officials: CIA memo calling Libya incident 'spontaneous' poor word choice
October 19th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Officials: CIA memo calling Libya incident 'spontaneous' poor word choice

Washington (CNN) – Several senior administration officials tell CNN UN Ambassador Susan Rice's use of the word "spontaneous" on Sunday talk shows five days after the Libya incident came directly from an assessment provided to the House intelligence community by the CIA, which was not edited by the White House.

The officials maintain the criticism is a result of a poor word choice rather than a true difference in representing what was known about the attack at the time. Several officials say instead of calling it "spontaneous" - it might have been better phrased as: the attack had not been long planned; or there were no signs of an upcoming attack on September 11th.
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Filed under: 2012 • CIA • Libya • State Department
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