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Coats Statement on Confirmation of Brennan to Serve as CIA Director


Location: Washington, DC

Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement regarding the nomination of John Brennan to serve as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):

"I commend Senator Paul on his successful fight to get more information from the administration on its drone policy. He deserved an answer to his question before the Senate confirmed Brennan, and it was unnecessary for the administration to delay its response until today.

"I have repeatedly expressed my concerns about this administration withholding key documents from Congress and its lack of accountability on national security leaks. The additional information received both through the work of the Intelligence Committee and Senator Paul's filibuster has helped clarify the administration's actions and policies for the American people.

"After several lengthy meetings with the nominee as well as finally obtaining and thoroughly reviewing hundreds of pages of documents from the administration, a sufficient number of my concerns have been addressed. The CIA has gone five months without a director during a time when our country faces very real national security threats, and now that we have received and carefully studied more information, I believe John Brennan should be confirmed.

"As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I will remain actively involved in exercising the full oversight powers of Congress to ensure we strike the proper balance between security and liberty in all intelligence activities."

The Senate confirmed the nomination of John Brennan to be director of the CIA in a vote of 63-34.

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