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Senate panel votes to approve Obama’s CIA nominee

In this Sunday March 3 2013 photograph provided by CBS News Sen. John McCaR–Ariz. Sen. Lindsey Graham R–S.C. right are

In this Sunday, March 3, 2013, photograph provided by CBS News Sen. John McCain, R–Ariz., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R–S.C., right, are interviewed on CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington. Graham and McCain said Sunday that they want answers from the Obama administration about what happened at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last September that left four Americans dead, and that they are willing to oppose the nomination of a new CIA director, John Brennan, until they get them." (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — John Brennan is one step closer to becoming director of the CIA.

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Tuesday to approve President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the spy agency, setting the nomination up for consideration by the full Senate.

The vote came after the White House agreed to provide the committee with access to the secret legal opinions written by the Justice Department that justify the use of lethal drone strikes against terror suspects, including American citizens.

Senate Republicans also are using Brennan’s nomination to push for classified records about the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya.

Brennan is currently serving as the top counterterrorism adviser in the White House.

Obama announced Brennan’s nomination in January and the committee held a confirmation hearing in early February.

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