Obama ‘confident’ in CIA director; some in Senate aren’t so sure
August 3rd, 2014
01:04 PM ET
2 months ago

Obama ‘confident’ in CIA director; some in Senate aren’t so sure

Washington (CNN) – Will an apology be enough to soothe the strained relations between the CIA and members of the Senate Intelligence Committee? It’s a critical lingering question in the rare public spat between the intelligence agency and the lawmakers charged with the agency’s oversight.

Tempers on the committee flared in recent months over reports that the CIA spied on computers used by intelligence committee staffers. A CIA inspector general’s report confirmed these reports this past week, prompting CIA Director John Brennan to apologize to committee members Thursday. However, some members aren’t satisfied, citing Brennan’s previous remarks that batted down the spying accusations

“I don't think an apology is enough,” Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.” “I think we've really got to have some serious discussions about John Brennan, find out what he knew about this when he was making those statements, what he knew about it at the time. I'm not calling for his resignation, but I'm pretty skeptical right now.”

In contrast, the White House reconfirmed support of Brennan.

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March 7th, 2013
03:30 PM ET
2 years 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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Rand Paul's #filiblizzard filibuster
March 6th, 2013
11:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Rand Paul's #filiblizzard filibuster

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul ended his day-long filibuster at 12:38 a.m. Thursday, almost 13 hours after he began speaking. The Kentucky Republican tried to stall a confirmation vote on CIA Director nominee John Brennan.

He took to the Senate floor at 11:47 a.m. ET.

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Filed under: John Brennan • President Obama • Rand Paul • Senate
Brennan, approved by committee, still faces battle from Republicans
March 5th, 2013
03:45 PM ET
2 years 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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March 2nd, 2013
05:59 PM ET
2 years ago

5 things: What's next for Washington?

(CNN) - Lawmakers skipped out of Washington last week as the forced spending cuts were set to take effect, but when they return to town, they'll find those and a list of other priorities on their plates.

Here are five things Congress and the White House can expect to confront in the coming weeks.
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Filed under: Congress • Deficit • Gun control • Gun rights • Immigration • John Brennan • President Obama
Brennan's Intelligence committee vote delayed
February 27th, 2013
07:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Brennan's Intelligence committee vote delayed

(CNN) - The Senate Intelligence Committee vote on the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director is expected to take place Tuesday, a congressional aide said. The vote had originally been planned for Thursday.

John Brennan, Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, is under consideration by the Senate to become the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The president nominated him to the post last month.

In his hearings before the committee nearly three weeks ago, Democrats on the 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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February 13th, 2013
04:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul to place hold on Brennan nomination

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul, one of the most outspoken critics of President Barack Obama's use of drones to target terrorists overseas, vowed Wednesday to hold up the nomination of one of the program's chief architects.

John Brennan, Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, is under consideration by the Senate to become the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The president nominated him to the post last month.
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Graham vows to block nominations unless White House more forthcoming
February 10th, 2013
01:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Graham vows to block nominations unless White House more forthcoming

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's nominees for secretary of defense and CIA director could be held up by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham unless the White House provides more information about its response to September's attack on an American diplomatic post in Libya.

The South Carolina lawmaker made the threat Sunday on CBS, using the phrase "no confirmation without information" in vowing to put a hold on the nominations of both John Brennan and Chuck Hagel unless the Obama administration provides more information about the Benghazi attack.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • John Brennan • 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
2 years 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
Poll: Americans back drone attacks, but not on U.S. citizens abroad
February 7th, 2013
10:04 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Americans back drone attacks, but not on U.S. citizens abroad

(CNN) - As CIA Director-nominee John Brennan faces questions Thursday in his Senate confirmation hearings, polls show a vast majority of Americans back the use of military drones–a tactic strongly supported by Brennan.

According to a poll conducted in December, well before the president tapped his top counterterrorism adviser for the nomination, three-quarters of Americans said they support the use of unmanned aerial vehicles abroad to target non-American citizens deemed as threats to the United States.
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Filed under: John Brennan • Polls
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