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Senators Delay CIA Vote

Washington — A Senate confirmation vote on John Brennan as CIA director has been postponed for at least two weeks as lawmakers step up pressure on the Obama administration to provide more information about its drone campaign against terrorism suspects.

In particular, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Wednesday that she is seeking seven Justice Department memos related to the administration’s targeted killing program, in addition to four the committee has been allowed to view.

Administration officials expressed frustration over the demands and indicated that at least some of the memos the committee seeks do not exist or were superseded by those the lawmakers have already seen.

President Obama pledged in his State of the Union address to make the lethal targeting program “even more transparent to the American people and to the world.”

— Washington Post