Senate clears Brennan as CIA chief

By: Hunter Nark Email
By: Hunter Nark Email
John Brennan has won Senate confirmation to head the CIA after a late struggle that had more to do with presidential power to order drone strikes than with the nominee

Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, John Brennan, President Barack Obama's choice for CIA director, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, where the president Barack Obama made the announcement. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP/WVLT) -- John Brennan has won Senate confirmation to head the CIA after a late struggle that had more to do with presidential power to order drone strikes than with the nominee's credentials to lead the spy agency.

The vote Thursday was 63-34. Brennan will replace Mike Morrell, the acting CIA director since November.

The vote came after the Obama administration bowed to demands from Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and specified limits on the president's authority to order drone strikes against American citizens in the United States.

Paul declared he was satisfied with the administration's statement, which said the president does not have the authority to use a drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil.


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