Wed., January 9, 2013 9:55am (EST)

Talk Of Delaying Brennan Nomination 'Unfortunate,' White House Says
By Mark Memmott
Updated: 1 year ago

John Brennan, President Obama's nominee to be the next CIA director.
John Brennan, President Obama's nominee to be the next CIA director.
While the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., to be secretary of defense has drawn opposition from groups who question his views on policy toward Israel and Iran, the nomination of White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to be CIA director may be delayed by senators who want to know more about last September's attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.:

"Said the Senate should not confirm any Obama nominee for the nation's top spy post until the administration elaborates on the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi," The Associated Press writes.

" '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,' the South Carolina senator said in a statement. 'I have tried repeatedly to get information on Benghazi, but my requests have been repeatedly ignored.'

"He added that the administration's 'stonewalling on Benghazi' must end."

To which White House spokesman Jay Carney responded that such talk is "unfortunate." As Politico reports:

" 'This question was answered, I believe, in briefings on the hill,' White House press secretary Carney said, noting that it was edited in the process of declassifying classified information.

"' 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.' "

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