Hayden CIA Nomination Approved by Senate Intel Committee
The Senate Intelligence Committee easily approved Gen. Michael Hayden’s nomination for CIA Director, despite controversy over his involvement in the NSA eavesdropping/datamining operations. CNN reports the vote at 12-3.
Update: Reuters has details.
Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden’s nomination as CIA director won the endorsement of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday in a vote that sets the stage for formal confirmation by the full Senate later this week. The 15-member committee, which Republicans control by a single vote, approved Hayden’s nomination 12-3 after an hour-long closed-door discussion, said Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, the panel’s Republican chairman.
While filibuster is of course still possible, it appears that Hayden will make it. Quite interesting given that it looked like there was strong, bipartisan opposition at the outset. Score one for Bush. And the Senate, too. Hayden has too distinguished a career to be the victim of political opportunism.
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