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McCain to let vote on Obama intel chief pick proceed
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Source: AFP

WASHINGTON US President Barack Obama's nominee to be US spy chief, James Clapper, seemed back on track for Senate confirmation as key lawmakers said Tuesday they were lifting their objections to holding a vote.

Republican US Senator John McCain, who had blocked a final vote on Clapper to force the intelligence community to provide him with a classified report, received the document and will let confirmation proceed, his spokeswoman said.

"He is releasing his hold on General Clapper's nomination," Brooke Buchanan said in a statement that referred to a senatorial prerogative that allows individual lawmaker to delay a nominee.

Senator Kit Bond, the Senate Intelligence Committee's top Republican, said he now expected to receive complete "threat assessment" reports on Guantanamo Bay detainees and to be able to question the analysts who wrote them.

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