I voted against John Brennan for director of the CIA. While I
believe that the president has the right to choose his own appointees,
during the confirmation process were very troubling and raised new
concerns about his judgment, his willingness to commit to transparency with
Congress, and ultimately, his candor.
I was most
troubled by his refusal to acknowledge the damage caused by his
disclosure of classified information, which resulted in the outing of a key
counterterrorism source. This country has a huge problem with
intelligence leaks and we will not be able to effectively hold accountable
those responsible for such leaks if our senior officials shrug off
their own damaging disclosures.
Mr. Brennan is also
the driving force behind the administration�s ineffective policy of
refusing to detain and interrogate terrorists. Just killing them or
relying on our foreign partners to do our intelligence collection for
us results in the loss of valuable intelligence that could thwart the
Finally, underlying all of these issues
are the principles of candor and transparency with Congress, as was
demonstrated with Sen. Rand Paul�s filibuster. .
I am pleased that his
filibuster forced the administration to respond. However, this pattern of
obstruction and lack of cooperation is becoming all too familiar with
this administration, and Mr. Brennan has been involved in many of the
decisions to withhold information from Congress. Congress must be
an equal branch of the government, and this growing trend of refusing
to cooperate with Congress must end. The future security of our
country depends on all of us working together. To do that well,
there must be transparency and honesty.
was ultimately confirmed, and as the vice chairman of the Intelligence
Committee, I will be interacting extensively with him. He will
have many opportunities in the next several years to alleviate my
concerns, and I hope he does so.
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