After complaining that she was not informed in advance about Barack Obama’s choice of Leon Panetta to head the CIA, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) now says she’ll support the nomination. Feinstein previously said that she wanted “an intelligence professional in charge” of the CIA. But following a 20-minute conservation with Panetta last night, she “came away confident he’d surround himself with good personnel at the agency.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the intelligence committee, said he is keeping an “open mind” on Panetta.
,Contacted by ThinkProgress, an aide to Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) said the senator had “no further comment” on Panetta’s nomination. Rockefeller expressed concerns similar to Feinstein’s shortly after Panetta’s name leaked on Monday.