White House officials have agreed to let the Senate intelligence committee see legal opinions justifying the use of drone strikes against U.S. citizens, according to Senator Dianne Feinstein, the panel’s chairman.
The agreement “will pave the way for the confirmation of John Brennan to be CIA director,” Feinstein, a California Democrat, said in an e-mailed statement. The panel plans to vote today on President Barack Obama’s nomination of Brennan, who is now his counterterrorism adviser, to head the Central Intelligence Agency.
Some Democrats, led by Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, had threatened to hold up the nomination until they could see Justice Department opinions explaining the legal basis for targeted strikes against U.S. citizens abroad.
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