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.

ADVERTISEMENT
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 FeinsteinOvernight Tech: Pressure builds ahead of TV box vote | Intel Dems warn about Russian election hacks | Spending bill doesn't include internet measure Intel Dems: Russia making 'serious effort' to influence US election GOP senators: Obama rebuffed negotiations on 9/11 bill 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 PaulSaudi skeptics gain strength in Congress Senators challenge status quo on Saudi arms sales Five tips from Trump's fallen rivals on how to debate him MORE (R-Ky.), Dean HellerDean HellerSenate lays groundwork for spending deal GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase Overnight Finance: Senators struggle with spending bill | Obama lifting Myanmar sanctions | Dems turn up heat on Wells Fargo | Panel votes to exempt Olympic medals from taxes MORE (R-Nev.), Ted CruzTed CruzPence offers Cruz 'heartfelt thanks' for Trump endorsement Cruz: Trump hasn't apologized for personal insults Cruz says he forgives Trump for attacks on family MORE (R-Texas) and Tim ScottTim ScottGOP senator: Charlotte video could ease tension House votes to eliminate Olympic medal tax Overnight Defense: White House threatens to veto Gitmo bill 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.