Obama to tap John Brennan to head CIA: sources

Obama to tap John Brennan to head CIA: sources


President Obama will nominate John Brennan as his next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, senior administration officials tell CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett.

Brennan, a 25-year CIA veteran, currently serves as Mr. Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser. The president will announce Brennan’s nomination at 1 p.m. ET. At the same event, an administration official says, the president will also formally announce that he is nominating Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary.

Along with secretary of state nominee Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Hagel and Brennan would play key roles implementing and shaping Obama’s national security priorities in a second term. All three men must be confirmed by the Senate.

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