Senate Intelligence Committee Approves CIA Nominee Brennan

Spy veteran, Obama adviser now faces full Senate vote.

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President Barack Obama's nominee to head up the CIA has cleared the committee phase and now awaits full confirmation from the U.S. Senate.

The Senate Intelligence committee voted Tuesday afternoon to advance John Brennan by a vote of 12-3. The vote comes almost a month after his confirmation hearing in February, plagued by protesters, where committee members grilled the long-time Obama advisor on torture, detaining terrorists and existing al Qaeda threats.

Brennan's future as America's top spy is now up to the full Senate, according to a release from California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee chair.

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Deliberations were held behind closed doors. Feinstein did not divulge who voted against Brennan.

Confirming Brennan, a 25-year CIA veteran and former private sector CEO, was held up by senators from both sides of the aisle over concerns over the potential use of drone strikes against U.S. citizens, and Brennan's potential participation in altering talking points about the fatal Benghazi attack last September.

"I believe both of those issues have been addressed," Feinstein said in the release. "The information I requested with Vice Chairman Chambliss on Benghazi has been or is being delivered, and just last night I reached an agreement with the White House to review all OLC opinions on targeted killings of Americans. It was unfortunate these issues delayed the process, but I am confident that they have been resolved."

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