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John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee for CIA director, will face the Senate Select Intelligence Committee for confirmation hearings Thursday afternoon.

Brennan, who currently serves as Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, will likely face intense bipartisan questioning over the Obama administration’s targeted killing program. The hearings come just three days after NBC News published a Justice Department memo laying out the administration’s legal justification for the program, increasing public scrutiny of the so-called “drone war.”

Brennan is also expected to face questions over the CIA’s use of torture while Brennan was a member of the agency during the Bush administration, and the September 11th attack in Benghazi, among other hot-button issues.

The hearing will begin at 2:30 pm EST; you can watch it live below:


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