Senate confirms Biden’s pick for national intelligence director

The Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. intelligence agencies on Wednesday evening, just hours after the new commander-in-chief took office.Avril Haines, Biden’s pick to serve as director of national intelligence, was confirmed by an 84-10 vote, winning bipartisan support from senators. Haines is Biden’s first Cabinet-level official confirmed by the Senate.Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) cleared the way for a vote earlier Wednesday after initially resisting speedy confirmation of her nomination. According to a source familiar with the matter, Cotton wanted Haines to answer a question centering on efforts to prosecute CIA officers who might have been involved with the government’s so-called enhanced interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists.“[Haines] clarified in a private setting that she had no intention to open up those investigations and expose operations officers inside the CIA to criminal prosecutions or adverse employment action,” Cotton said on the Senate floor after lifting his objection.Any

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By Andrew Desiderio and Burgess Everett

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