June 5th, 2009
03:52 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama nominee drops out

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Philip Mudd has withdrawn from consideration as undersecretary of intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security. His decision comes after questions were raised over his knowledge of the CIA's interrogation programs during the Bush administration.

Mudd and administration statements, as released by the White House Friday:

From Philip Mudd: “Today I am announcing that I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration to be the Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis. I know that this position will require the full cooperation with Congress and I believe that if I continue to move forward I will become a distraction to the President and his vital agenda. I would like to thank the President for the honor of being considered and I extend my good wishes to the exceptional men and women of the Intel and Analysis office; these professionals work hard every day to analyze and share information with state, local and federal law enforcement agencies critical to the security of the United States.”

From White House spokesman Nick Shapiro: “The President believes that Phil Mudd would have been an excellent Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis but understands his personal decision and the choice he has made. It is with sadness and regret that the President accepted Phil’s withdrawal from consideration as Phil once again demonstrated his duty to country above all things.”

From DHS Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs Sean Smith: “Phil Mudd would have been an outstanding Undersecretary and we are disappointed by his decision but accept it. On an interim basis, the Office of Intelligence and Analysis continues to be led by Bart Johnson, an exceptional leader who is already making the critical changes that will transform this crucial office.”


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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    An illegal war in iraq, lying to the american public, destruction of the middle class, and the REPUBES here have the nerve to call democrates idiots... meanwhie 5,000 dead americains and countless other people, due to the lies of the BUSH administration...ITS amazing what short term memories the repubes have.. We are just beginning to get a full look at what 8 years of BUSH people have done to this once fine country.

    June 5, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Dee, NJ

    Job or Cheney? What did he do?

    June 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. JT in Fla

    AH!!! YES!!! The axis of evil is alive and well. Meaning Bush,Cheney,Runsfield. War criminals,all!!

    June 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Jefe

    I hate that comments close so fast, anyway, on the healthcare reform post, John wrote:

    "Our debt is being tripled by Obama…."

    It would be nice if people would post either facts, or opinions, not lies. Obama is not ballooning the debt to over $30 Trillion Dollars. John's statement is simply a bald-faced lie.

    June 5, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Barbara Independent in NY

    Many people have been tainted by the Bush/Cheney administration. A really sad chapter in American history.

    June 5, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. cal

    He never had a chance. If you don't lie, steal, or cheat on taxes Obama would never give him serious consideration. Democrats fit the bill perfectly. Besides patriots are now terrorists and terrorists friends.

    June 5, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Victor in Iraq

    VietnamVet71, you say stop name calling, but you call the Democrats idiots. Is this more of the right wing hypcocrisy rearing its ugly head? As for the rest, President Obama is a grace to this nation compared to what we had before. I think once the neocon fascist answer the questions then we will be able to move on. The problem is that they use orwellian tactics, distortions, and flat out lies to further their agenda and mislead the American people. The only problem Obama has, and its not really a problem, is foresight. He is able to see above the fray and beyond the horizon. So while most Americans are caught up in the now and wondering why certain things are being done NOW, they cannot fathom what is TOMORROW! Comments from 'bozo bama' indicate this lack of foresight and illustrate the shortsightedness of the argument. Torture is wrong, and will always be wrong, if you are a leading force in the world. However, postings in chat forums will do little to fix this. We need to demolish the conservative ideology, marginalize the nuts, and expose them for the beleagured little demogogues that they are.

    June 5, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Melvin

    Question: If all Democrats are idiots, UN-AMERICAN, and are TRAITORS are we counting the Democrats that have and are serving in the military; police and fire fighters; Veterans that gave their lives for OUR freedom; or those that died on September 11th...

    June 5, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Don From Philly

    Pelosi, Dodd, Frank and Murtha all have to go but you won't see anything on CNN about what they been uptoo.

    June 5, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. ib

    The left wing liberals are saying the most hateful things about conservatives that they can think up. Well here is one for you left wing nuts. You don't care what happens to this country; you care more about pouring a little water up someones nose than you do about killing little babies. Obama is putting this country in danger with his so called stance on the issue. Obama should resign if he doesn't like torture since watching him and his far left buddies destroy this country is torture.

    June 5, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Jim

    seems the republicans are still resorting to name calling and sensationalizing. it appears they are still without real facts to argue with.

    the thing i find the most troubling, tho, is that some of them actually think it's ok to torture people.

    June 5, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Dimslie

    And the Dims dig their hole a little deeper.

    June 5, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. marcus

    i don't care what party he belongs to, and i don't care what position he's applying for. if he had any hand in the US using torture, he should be considered completely unqualified for that position, much as geithner and any others who just FORGOT to pay their taxes, should pay SUBSTANTIAL penalties for that.

    June 5, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Nana5

    For those dummycrats who don't know what torture is, please note: when an innocent person has their hands and feet bound and then they are beheaded. THAT IS TORTURE you imbiciles. A little water won't hurt those thugs – maybe it will wash of the nastiness of their attitudes of killing off innocent Americans and destroying what part of America that you dems and your "leader" aren't destroying. Good night, I will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER bow down to an Arab king, I will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR America protecting it's own. Any of you who don't feel the same way, don't let the door bump your butt on the way out. Now CNN – do you know enough to know that this is the truth and willing to post it???????

    June 5, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Dimslie

    Dear Melvin:

    Yes.

    June 5, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Garp

    Victor in Iraq ... go back, read the post, understand what the Vet71 said, then comment again. He was quoting the earlier moron. You missed the point, big guy ...

    Melvin, I completely agree.

    June 5, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    Nana5 – the same applies to our soldiers who get caught by outside forces. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Then does your idiot argument still apply???? btw the USA has tainted blood and you know. There is a reason why the world has hated us.

    June 5, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. tee

    Southern Cousin
    I understand your ignorance. The clue is in your name......SOUTHERN

    June 5, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. rachel

    So does this mean that newt and rush will again be calling for Nancy's resignation?

    June 5, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Nora

    Republicans... Democrats.... Bush... Obama... I see no difference, really. Only blind partisan politics can claim otherwise.

    June 5, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    Lisa, Laughlin NV – the truth hurts doesn't it. You rethugs can't bear to hear how truly horrific of a nightmare this country was under bush and the rethugs. It's funny watching you guys squirm.

    phoenix86 – you never ever have posted a factual comment, just bitter hateful remarks about President Obama. You truly need to get out, get some fresh air and give yourself a break from lush limpaugh. You have no idea how idiotic, bitter, frustrated and ignorant you sound. You don't know that you don't even know. How sad.

    June 5, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. JKT

    @southerncousin: You've zero basis for a single thing you are saying. It was Bush who had a bunch of thugs. Tell us all which CIA agent Obama has outed the way Bush/Cheney did? That's thuggery. Tell us which country Obama has lied to get permission to invade the way Bush did Iraq? That's thuggery. You don't even know what the word means, so maybe stop posting until you have facts and not baseless opinions.

    June 5, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Enlightened Voter

    phoenix86 – God Bless you, you need it.

    June 5, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Bill

    It's just as well that he dropped out. Obama the muslim conspirator would never have let him do his job anyway. And for all you democrats that bashed Bush for eight years while he tried to protect us, all I can say for you is you're a bunch of complete idiots. Any of you ever get dunked in a swimming pool? No different than water boarding. Yuo're all a bunch of fools. When the next muslim bombs go off in this country you can blame yourselves and your dumb-ass Messia. HE understands nothing, and has already led this country into financial ruin. You will be paying for his fiasco recovery for the next 2 generations. Can any of you understand what 10.3 TRILLION dollars of debt will do to this country. We are about to find out. Boneheads..

    June 5, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. The Original No Incumbents 2010

    Good for the Mudd. He at least is a stand up guy, unlike the Speaker of the House.

    June 5, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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