WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to vote on President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the CIA after weeks of wrangling with the White House over access to top-secret information about the use of lethal drone strikes against terror suspects and the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
The committee’s chairwoman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said the panel would move ahead Tuesday with John Brennan’s nomination to lead the spy agency even as Republicans said they were frustrated with the Obama administration’s reluctant disclosure of all the records. Feinstein would not describe the material the committee has received because it is classified.
“Certain documents have been made available to members,” she said Monday.
Brennan’s nomination has been held up as Democrats and Republicans on the intelligence panel have been pressing the Obama administration to provide them with a series of classified Justice Department legal opinions that justify the use of unmanned spy planes to kill terror suspects overseas, including American citizens. The senators have argued they can’t perform adequate oversight without reviewing the contents of the documents.
Key Senate Republicans have said they will oppose Brennan’s nomination unless they get classified information, including emails among top U.S. national security officials, detailing the Obama administration’s actions immediately following the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
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