NBC reporter Chuck Todd shouted a question to President Obama about whether he still has confidence in the CIA director. The president refused to answer the question.
Via the pool report:
POTUS walked out of the White House at about 2:25 pm on a warm but overcast afternoon, then strolled over to Marine One. He waved in the direction of the cameras -- but didn't answer shouted questions from NBC's Chuck Todd about whether he still had confidence in John Brennan as CIA director after Sen. Feinstein's speech on the CIA/Senate story. Valerie Jarrett, David Simas, Alyssa Mastromonaco, Eric Schultz, and Marvin Nicholson then walked out together. There were more than 100 interns who also gathered to watch the lift-off. Marine One was up and off to start the NYC trip by about 2:29.
But earlier today White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama had "great confidence" in the CIA director. Via NBC:
White House spokesman Jay Carney declined to weigh in Tuesday on the accuracy of allegations that the CIA may have illegally spied on Senate staff members, but he said that the president has “great confidence” in the CIA director and agrees with his call to “get to the bottom” of the claim if inappropriate activity occurred.
“You saw the CIA director say today that if there was any inappropriate activity by CIA or by [Senate Intelligence Committee] staff, he would of course want to get to the bottom of it and certainly the president would agree with that,” Carney told reporters.
Carney added that the White House supports declassification of the Senate panel's findings on enhanced interrogation techniques. He said the White House takes Senate Intelligence Committee chief Dianne Feinstein's allegations "very seriously."
Two former CIA officials who fought in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, were asked to sign additional nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) more than six months after those attacks. The two officials, who will testify Thursday before a subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, were presented the nondisclosure agreements during a memorial service in May at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, honoring Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, two of the CIA-affiliated personnel who died during those attacks.
In a May 30, 2013, letter to CIA officers on the ground last fall in Benghazi, Libya, CIA director John Brennan notified survivors of those attacks that congressional oversight committees remain interested in hearing from them.
John Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, sent a letter to each of the CIA employees who were on the ground during the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012, inviting them to share information with Congress, according to three sources familiar with the missive. Brennan sent the letter in late May at the behest congressional intelligence committees, whose members remain interested in hearing from the survivors of those attacks.
Top U.S. intelligence officials revealed new details about the exploitation of Osama bin Laden’s extensive archive during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday. The officials revealed that at least several hundred intelligence reports have been generated based on an analysis of bin Laden’s files.
John Brennan was sworn in today at the White House. He was confirmed as the new CIA director yesterday.
"Brennan was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution, dating from 1787, which has George Washington's personal handwriting and annotations on it," according to the White House. He does not appear to have placed his hand on a Bible, a Torah, a Koran, or other sacred religious text as he said the oath.
Senators have been promised "full access to documents outlining the President’s authority to conduct targeted killings of Americans in counter terrorism operations," according to Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine). In exchange, President Obama hopes the senators will vote for John Brennan for CIA director.
During a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center on April 30, 2012, John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, discussed “The Ethics and Efficacy of the U.S. President’s Counterterrorism Strategy.” Brennan explained that President Obama has “pledged to share as much information with the American people ‘so that they can make informed judgments and hold us accountable.’ ” Obama, he continued, “has consistently encouraged those of us on his national security team to be as open and candid as possible.” After all, “our democracy depends” upon “transparency.”
John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to run the Central Intelligence Agency, is getting renewed scrutiny for a highly questionable claim he made during his confirmation hearings last week. On Tuesday, two Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Marco Rubio and James Risch, wrote to Brennan to request additional information concerning Ali Harzi, a suspect in the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi.