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Lawmakers Concerned Over Likely Nomination for CIA Director

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Some U.S. lawmakers have expressed concern about the possible nomination of Air Force General Michael Hayden as head of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Unnamed Bush administration officials have told U.S. media that General Hayden may be named to replace Porter Goss, who announced his resignation on Friday. The general is a former director of the National Security Agency and currently deputy director of national intelligence.

Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra said a military official should not be in charge of the CIA because it is a civilian agency. He told Fox News on Sunday that the appointment of General Hayden could raise tensions between the CIA and defense officials.

Senators Diane Feinstein, a Democrat, and Saxby Chambliss, a Republican, also expressed concern.

But Republican Senator John McCain told CBS television that he hopes, if nominated, General Hayden would be confirmed quickly in congressional hearings.
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