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.
Earlier this week, Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinFeinstein: Russia's interference affected outcome of election 'Future of America' at stake with hacking, Feinstein says Sunday shows preview: Trump allies appear after John Lewis criticism 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.
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Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallLive coverage: Tillerson's hearing for State The rise and possible fall of the ‘Card’ in politics Gardner's chief of staff tapped for Senate GOP campaign director 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.