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Senate panel delays CIA nominee Brennan's confirmation vote

Published on Feb 28, 2013 8:45 AM
John Brennan, US President Barack Obama's nominee to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on February 7, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday postponed until next week a vote on the confirmation of White House aide John Brennan to be CIA director, dashing hopes of Democratic leaders who had hoped to have a vote on Thursday.

The committee's Republican vice chairman, Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, said the panel expects to hold the vote on Tuesday. No explanation for the delay was immediately available.

However, the Obama administration has been at odds with members of the committee's Democratic majority over White House unwillingness to disclose some highly classified legal documents related to "targeted killings," including the use of lethal drone strikes against suspected militants.

While the administration allowed members of the intelligence committee to review copies of four such documents, it has refused to turn over what Senate officials believe are at least seven related memos.

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