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US senate panel backs Burns as CIA director

US senate panel backs Burns as CIA director

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3 Mar 2021 - 13:28
US senate panel backs Burns as CIA director
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3 Mar 2021 - 13:28

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Senate Intelligence Committee has unanimously voted for William Burns’ nomination as CIA director, Politico reported.

The Senate panel’s approval is expected to win President Joe Biden’s pick a full floor confirmation.

On Tuesday, the Senate committee voted in a closed-door session to approve Burns, a diplomat who most recently served as deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration.

Senator Mark Warner, the Democratic committee chair, said in a statement: “The overwhelmingly bipartisan vote in Burns’ favor is a testament to the nominee’s unquestioned qualifications for the role.”

Warner also commended Burns’ long experience in matters of national security, and his strong commitment to public service.

He hoped the full Senate “will move to confirm Ambassador Burns without any unnecessary delay.”

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