John Brennan
Media playback is unsupported on your device

CIA nominee John Brennan faces Senate hearing

7 February 2013 Last updated at 22:39 GMT

The top White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan is facing questions at a Senate confirmation hearing to become CIA director.

The session comes as lawmakers were to receive secret papers setting out the rationale for drone strikes on Americans working with al-Qaeda abroad.

As the nominee began to deliver his testimony on Thursday, he was interrupted several times by protesters, prompting committee chair Senator Dianne Feinstein to order a recess.

Rajesh Mirchandani reports.