WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some of the toughest questioning at the confirmation hearing Thursday for CIA nominee John Brennan may not come from hostile Republicans but from President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats, who are concerned about his policy of targeted killings of American terrorism suspects.
On Wednesday evening, Obama directed the Justice Department to provide congressional intelligence committees access to a classified opinion laying out the legal basis for armed drone strikes on U.S. citizens alleged to be involved in terrorist plots, an administration official said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some of the toughest questioning of John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, may come from the president’s fellow Democrats, not hostile Republicans, at his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday.
Brennan, 57, is expected to be examined closely about U.S. spy activities from waterboarding to the use of drones when he appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee at the hearing scheduled for 2:30 p.m. EST/1930 GMT on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate Armed Services Committee delayed a vote on Chuck Hagel’s confirmation as secretary of defense, the panel’s chairman said on Wednesday, amid Republican demands for more information from President Barack Obama’s nominee.
“The committee’s vote on Senator Hagel’s nomination has not been scheduled,” Senator Carl Levin said in a statement. “I had hoped to hold a vote on the nomination this week, but the committee’s review of the nomination is not yet complete.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services committee said on Wednesday the panel’s vote on Chuck Hagel’s confirmation as President Barack Obama’s next Pentagon chief has not been scheduled because some in his party want more information.
Senator Carl Levin, the committee’s Democratic chairman, had said after Hagel’s contentious confirmation hearing last week that he hoped the panel would vote on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chuck Hagel’s cautious testimony may not have won converts during his contentious nomination hearing for U.S. defense secretary, but it appeared on Friday not to have cost support he will need to be confirmed as the new Pentagon chief.
Republicans hammered Hagel when he appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, with some of the fiercest questioning coming from those who had served alongside him during his two terms as a Republican senator from Nebraska.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers attacked Chuck Hagel on Thursday at a contentious hearing over his nomination to become the next U.S. defense secretary, questioning his judgment on war strategy and putting him broadly on the defensive.
In one of the most heated exchanges, Senator John McCain aggressively questioned Hagel, interrupting him and talking over him at times. He voiced frustration at the former Republican senator’s failure to say plainly whether he was right or wrong to oppose the 2007 “surge” of U.S. troops in Iraq.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chuck Hagel, named to be President Barack Obama’s defense chief, on Thursday told a skeptical Senate panel considering his nomination that he backs U.S. policy of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and supports a strong Israeli military.
Critics in Congress have sought to portray Hagel, a former Republican senator and decorated Vietnam war veteran, as a soft on Iran and anti-Israel, pointing to past comments that Hagel’s supporters say were taken out of context or distorted.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chuck Hagel will face tough questions on Pentagon spending cuts and U.S. relations with Israel and Iran on Thursday as he faces a deeply skeptical Senate panel considering his nomination to be President Barack Obama’s next secretary of defense.
Another member of Obama’s second-term national security team, Senator John Kerry, sailed through his confirmation before being receiving the Senate’s overwhelming support on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chuck Hagel has told Congress that if confirmed as the next defense secretary he would ensure America’s military is prepared to strike Iran if necessary but stressed the need to be “cautious and certain” when contemplating the use of force.
Hagel’s views were detailed in 112 pages of written responses to wide-ranging questions by lawmakers submitted ahead of his confirmation hearing on Thursday. In them, he also voiced support for a steady U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Pentagon, prepared to meet with senior New York Senator Chuck Schumer in mid-January, the White House stepped in and ensured that the get-together would take place quickly – and in the West Wing.
Some of the loudest objections to Obama’s choice of Hagel for secretary of defense stemmed from lawmakers’ concerns about his past comments on Israel and Iran.