Senate Confirms Brennan for CIA
Rand Paul's filibuster delayed it but didn't derail it
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 7, 2013 3:02 PM CST
A file photo of John Brennan testifying before Congress.   (Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – 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 this afternoon 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—in the form of a short and sweet letter from Eric Holder—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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right2dave
Mar 11, 2013 7:39 AM CDT
Obmam says ,"that's not fair, I need those points to stay ahead in my drone video game."
1492
Mar 8, 2013 11:10 AM CST
Mr. Brennan appears very competentent....best to him and our country.
cornelison
Mar 7, 2013 9:51 PM CST
What? Didn't Lindsay Graham ask Brennan if he belonged to The Three Stooges fan club in 1959? Didn't John McCain want to investigate Brennan's parking fines in 1977?