07 January, 2013

CNN Breaking News

President Obama on Monday plans to announce former Sen. Chuck Hagel as his nominee to become the next defense secretary, a senior administration official told CNN. Obama also plans to unveil his nominee for permanent CIA director on Monday, the source said.

The official cautioned that the schedule was subject to change, though another source close to Hagel was also told the defense secretary announcement is expected on Monday.

CNN reported Friday that the White House had told some senior members of Congress to expect the tapping of Hagel, and another source with knowledge of the nomination called it "locked down."

At the CIA, the short list to replace retired Gen. David Petraeus includes Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan and acting CIA Director Michael Morell, according to a source.

Petraeus stepped down from his post in November amid revelations he had engaged in an extramarital affair with his biographer. Morell, a career intelligence officer who was serving as the spy agency's deputy director, stepped in as acting CIA director upon Petraeus' resignation.

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