Senate confirms CIA lawyer

The Senate voted 95-4 Thursday to confirm President Obama’s nominee to be the head lawyer at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Caroline Krass will now serve as general counsel of the CIA.

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At the same time, senators are battling with the CIA over accusations that the agency violated the government's separation of power under the Constitution by removing a file from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s computers.

Earlier this week, Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinSenate panel advances spy policy bill, after House approves its own version Apple hires leading security expert amid encryption fight Dem slams GOP for skipping vote on 'back doors' in devices MORE (D-Calif.) accused the CIA of snooping on computers that Senate investigators used to compile a 6,300-page report on the agency’s interrogation and detention programs.

The CIA has said committee staffers shouldn’t have brought a copy of the report to Capitol Hill without permission.

If this matter is investigated, Krass could be charged with defending the CIA.

Sens. Rand PaulRand PaulOvernight Defense: VA chief 'deeply' regrets Disney remark; Senate fight brews over Gitmo Paul ties release of 9/11 docs to defense bill Will Ted Cruz let it go? MORE (R-Ky.), Dean HellerDean HellerLake Mead hits record low water level Tough choice for vulnerable GOP senators: Embrace or reject Trump Press: Forget about GOP unity in 2016 MORE (R-Nev.), Ted CruzTed CruzEleven states sue Obama over transgender bathroom directive Poll: Clinton leads Trump in Wisconsin by double digits Texas to sue over Obama's transgender bathroom directive MORE (R-Texas) and Tim ScottTim ScottGOP senators: Obama bathroom guidance is 'not appropriate' Senators unveil bill to overhaul apprenticeship programs Which VP pick will Trump go all-in on? MORE (R-S.C.) voted against her nomination.

Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallEnergy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium Two vulnerable senators lack challengers for 2016 MORE (Colo.) had threatened to hold her nomination until his questions on the internal CIA review were answered, but in the end he voted for her confirmation.

"We need to correct the record on the CIA's coercive detention and interrogation program and declassify the Senate Intelligence Committee's exhaustive study of it," Udall said Thursday. "I released my hold on Caroline Krass's nomination today and voted for her to help change the direction of the agency."

— Jeremy Herb contributed to this article.

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