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Leahy, Sanders vote against president's pick for CIA director

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Vermont's two U.S. senators voted against President Barack Obama's choice of CIA director, in large part, because of their concerns about the president's policy on drones.

The confirmation process for John Brennan became a forum for discussion of presidential power to order drone strikes against U.S. terror suspects on American soil.

The administration bowed to Republican demands to explicitly stating there are limits to drone use. That cleared the way for Brennan's confirmation. But it was not enough to convince Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, who were among the 34 no votes.

Leahy said he respects Brennan, but voted against him because the administration stonewalled his request for legal justification of drone use. "... the administration has stonewalled me ... (on) ... the legal justification for the use of drones ..." Leahy said.

Sanders said he is not convinced Brennan is adequately sensitive to the important balancing act of protecting civil liberties while ensuring national security.

"I am not convinced that Mr. Brennan is adequately sensitive to the important balancing act required to make protecting our civil liberties an integral part of ensuring our national security," Sanders said.

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