Brennan holds original draft of Constitution at swearing-in ceremony

As Vice President Biden swore in John Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency on Friday, Brennan held his hand on an original draft of the U.S. Constitution, the White House said.

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The Constitution had former President George Washington's personal handwriting on it, dating to 1787, according to Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman.

Earnest told reporters Brennan requested a document for his swearing-in ceremony from the National Archives that would symbolize that the United States is a nation of laws.

"He wanted to reaffirm his commitment to the rule of law as he took the oath of office," Earnest told reporters.

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.

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