- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he plans to meet with National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s director to discuss errors in the report that led to the preliminary decision to build the spy agency’s new regional headquarters in St. Louis.

Speaking in East St. Louis on Wednesday, Illinois Democrat says the agency’s decision was wrong, adding he didn’t know if agency director Robert Cardillo’s choice stems from political or rational considerations.

Durbin said he asked President Barack Obama and White House staff to stay out of the decision-making process because the state’s application was strong.

The agency plans to move from its current location near the Anheuser-Busch brewery south of downtown St. Louis to a site on the city’s impoverished north side. National intelligence director James Clapper has said he has “no basis” to reject the recommendation by Cardillo.

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