- Associated Press - Monday, August 2, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokeswoman for Sen. John McCain said Monday the senator is blocking President Obama’s nominee to be the director of national intelligence.

Spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said the Arizona Republican has requested a specific report from retired Air Force Gen. James R. Clapper. Ms. Buchanan declined the provide any details about the report but said it was not related to Clapper or his views.

Ms. Buchanan said Mr. McCain will continue to put a hold on Gen. Clapper’s nomination until he provides the report.

Gen. Clapper was approved Thursday by the Senate Intelligence Committee to oversee the nation’s 16 intelligence agencies. Mr. Obama nominated Gen. Clapper to succeed retired Adm. Dennis Blair.