Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., has a "hold" -- a procedural tool to stall a nomination -- on the Obama administration's pick to be the Central Intelligence Agency's top lawyer, his office told NBC News Wednesday.
Caroline Krass, nominee to be CIA general counsel, told the Senate Intelligence Committee in December that she doesn't believe Congress should have access to the legal memos that govern CIA activities such as interrogation and drone strikes.
The hold is another data point in the suddenly explosive fight between the executive and legislative branches over the investigation into the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques beginning during the President George W. Bush administration. And it's an example of a rift between Democrats in the Senate and President Obama's national security officials.
Krass's confirmation hearing in December, served as a forum for senators -- including Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein -- to express concerns about the investigation and the trouble the committee has had in getting cooperation from the CIA.
First published March 12 2014, 6:35 AM
Kasie Hunt has covered politics for NBC News since January 2013. Hunt came to NBC News from The Associated Press, where she served as a national political reporter. As one of the organizationâ€™s lead campaign trail reporters, Hunt covered the Republican primary field and nominee Mitt Romney, eventually following the Romney campaign nearly full time from December 2011 through election day.
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Prior to joining the AP, Hunt covered the 2010 mid-term elections and the emerging GOP presidential primary race as a national political reporter for POLITICO. Earlier, she covered health care, education, and labor policy for National Journalâ€™s CongressDaily, where she closely followed the Affordable Care Act from inception to passage. She began her journalism career as an intern with the NBC News political unit.
Hunt has appeared regularly on numerous television programs, including MSNBCâ€™s â€œThe Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd,â€ â€œNOW with Alex Wagner,â€ and â€œHardball with Chris Matthews,â€ as well as NBCâ€™s â€œThe Chris Matthews Show.â€
Hunt is a graduate of George Washington University and holds a masterâ€™s degree in sociology from the University of Cambridge, where she was a member of St Johnâ€™s College.