Jan 8, 2013 Comments Off Pat Dollard
(CNSNews.com) – The White House called any plans to delay the confirmation of John Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency “unfortunate” and “highly politicized.”
“It would be unfortunate I think if in pursuit of this issue, which was highly politicized, the Senate would hold up the nomination of John Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
“As the president said yesterday, that post as well as the position of Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, these are essential positions that need to be filled if possible without delay and that is why he called on the Senate to act promptly to hold the necessary confirmation hearings and to give each nominee a fair hearing and then a vote.
One day after President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Brennan to head the CIA, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, said a new leader of the agency should not be confirmed until the administration answers questions surrounding the terrorist killing of four Americans at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
“I have not forgotten about the Benghazi debacle and still have many questions about what transpired before, during and after the attack on our consulate,” Graham said in a statement.
“In that regard, I do not believe we should confirm anyone as Director of the CIA until our questions are answered – like who changed Ambassador Susan Rice’s talking points and deleted the references to Al-Qaeda? My support for a delay in confirmation is not directed at Mr. Brennan, but is an unfortunate, yet necessary action to get information from this Administration,” Graham added.