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February 26, 2013

Senate panel likely to vote on CIA pick

WASHINGTON — A White House commitment to provide lawmakers with additional information about the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, may have cleared the way for a vote later this week on President Barack Obama’s nominee for CIA director, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Monday.

Republicans had demanded the records as a condition of moving forward with John Brennan’s confirmation.

“The administration has agreed to provide the material, (and) some of it is going to be provided tomorrow,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. “It is my hope that that is sufficient and we will be able to schedule the nomination for a vote on Thursday.”

But Feinstein also said the Obama administration has not yet responded to the committee’s request for more details about the classified Justice Department legal opinions that justify using unmanned spy planes to kill al-Qaida suspects overseas, including American citizens.

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