Senate unanimously confirms new CIA director


The United States Senate has confirmed William Burns as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The vote to approve President Joe Biden’s nominee was unanimous and without objections. Senator Ted Cruz had previously imposed a hold on the nomination to pressure Mr Biden on a separate issue, but finally lifted that hold on Thursday.

The career diplomat also received a unanimous confirmation from the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month, and was embraced by both Democrats and Republicans at his confirmation hearing in February.

At that hearing, Mr Burns promised to deliver intelligence untainted by political influence.

“That is exactly what President Biden expects of CIA,” Mr Burns said at the hearing. “It was the first thing he told me when he asked me to take on this role. He said he wants the agency to give it to him straight – and I pledged to do just that, and to defend those who do the same.”


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