” She clarified in the private setting that we had that she had no intent to open those examinations and expose operations officers inside the CIA to criminal prosecution or negative work action, or even holding it versus them and prospective future promotions or placements,” Cotton said.Senate committees began Tuesday to hold verification hearings for 5 of Mr. Bidens picks prior to his inauguration: Janet Yellen, candidate for Treasury secretary, Haines, candidate for director of nationwide intelligence, Lloyd Austin, candidate for Defense secretary, Tony Blinken, nominee for secretary of state, and Alejandro Mayorkas, candidate for Homeland Security secretary. There is a hearing for Pete Buttigieg, nominee for Transportation secretary, arranged for Thursday. Denis McDonough, the candidate for secretary of Veterans Affairs, will receive a hearing next week.Federal agencies will be led by acting authorities till all of Mr. Bidens nominees are verified.
The Senate voted to confirm Avril Haines to be director of nationwide intelligence on Wednesday evening, making her the first of President Bidens Cabinet nominees to be validated. Haines was approved by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 84 to 10.
The Senate adjourned for the night after validating Haines, and will reconvene at 12 p.m. on Thursday.” Avril Haines was the best choice for Director of National Intelligence. We value the bipartisan cooperation to get her validated tonight, and we hope there will be a lot more of it since the country remains in crisis and we require President Bidens group in place as quickly as possible,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.
Senator Mark Warner, the leading Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a speech on the Senate flooring ahead of the vote that it was “appropriate” that Haines would be the very first candidate verified by the Senate.” Republican Senator Tom Cotton had actually previously objected to holding the vote on Haines election quickly, however announced in a speech on the Senate floor that he was raising his objection. He had actually at first objected to the vote because he was unclear on whether Haines wanted to reopen examinations into detention and interrogation programs from the early 2000s.
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Senator Mark Warner, the leading Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated in a speech on the Senate floor ahead of the vote that it was “appropriate” that Haines would be the very first candidate validated by the Senate.” Republican Senator Tom Cotton had actually previously objected to holding the vote on Haines nomination rapidly, but revealed in a speech on the Senate flooring that he was lifting his objection. He had initially objected to the vote because he was uncertain on whether Haines wanted to resume examinations into detention and interrogation programs from the early 2000s.