Senate approves John Brennan as new C.I.A. director

By Steven Mitchell,

A Senate vote this Thursday officially approved John Brennan as the new leader of the Central Intelligence Agency.

According to CBS News, the Senate approved the nomination of Brennan with a vote of 63-34. The vote was postponed, however, by a 13-hour-long filibuster.

Three Senators, Patrick Leahy (D, Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D, Ore.) and Bernie Sanders (I, Vt.), voted no to both Brennan and his confirmation. Senators Barbara Boxer (D, Calif.) and Frank Lautenberg (D, N.J.) abstained from the vote.

Brennan has worked under both President Obama and former President George W. Bush, The New York Times reported. Obama pushed for Brennan to assume the role of director at the C.I.A. four years ago but was put off by objections from the left.

The nomination for Brennan has been delayed for weeks as the Senate and lawmakers from both sides looked for more information from the administration on the use of drones. Brennan himself has expressed support for drone strikes against suspected terrorists.

Obama was more-than pleased to see the Brennan’s nomination pass.

“The Senate has recognized in John the qualities I value so much — his determination to keep America safe, his commitment to working with Congress, his ability to build relationships with foreign partners and his fidelity to the values that define us as a nation," Obama said.



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