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 FeinsteinDems urge Obama to release info on Russian links to DNC hack Hotel lobby cheers scrutiny on Airbnb GOP platform attempts middle ground on encryption debate 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 PaulWhat to watch for on Day 2 at the GOP convention Cyber squatters sitting on valuable VP web addresses Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE (R-Ky.), Dean HellerDean HellerSenators offer bill removing hurdles to offering stock options Six senators call on housing regulator to let Congress finish housing finance reform Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE (R-Nev.), Ted CruzTed CruzGrassroots battling establishment on trade at conventions Fixing the disastrous nomination process Attacking Trump for the few sensible things he says is bad strategy MORE (R-Texas) and Tim ScottTim ScottTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Democrats have a long way to go before they can tout their Hill diversity Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation MORE (R-S.C.) voted against her nomination.

Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Energy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium 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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