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Reports: WH to Announce Hagel, Brennan Nominations Monday

Chuck Hagel (pictured left, shaking hands)
Chuck Hagel (pictured left, shaking hands)

President Barack Obama will nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel as defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan as CIA director Monday, CNN reports.

John Brennan
John Brennan

The White House will announce both nominations at the same time Monday afternoon, according to the report.

Several senators were notified of Hagel’s nomination Sunday so they could create support for his nomination, CNN said.

Brennan would succeed both retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, who stepped down in November, and acting CIA Director Michael Morell, a 32-year agency veteran who has held the deputy director post since 2010.

Morell also led the agency on a temporary basis in 2011 after Leon Panetta was named defense secretary.

According to Reuters, Brennan has served as Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser since 2008.

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