Brennan Now on Fast Track for CIA Confirmation

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WASHINGTON (AP) – John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director is on the fast track to Senate confirmation after lagging for weeks.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has overwhelmingly approved President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the spy agency, clearing the way for the full Senate to confirm Brennan as early as Thursday.

The committee’s chairwoman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, is calling for swift action on Brennan’s nomination. If it’s approved, Brennan would replace Michael Morell, the CIA’s deputy director. Morell has been acting director since David Petraeus resigned in November after acknowledging an affair with his biographer.

The Republican vice chairman of the committee, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, voted against the nomination but said he would not encourage his GOP colleagues to try to hold up Brennan’s installation at the CIA.

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