October 28th, 2009
01:03 PM ET
5 years ago

Hagel to co-chair Obama intel board

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama plans to name a maverick Republican, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, to co-chair a powerful board that will oversee the work of the intelligence community at a time when CIA officials are facing investigations into whether the agency's enhanced interrogation program violated the law during the Bush administration.

Two senior administration officials told CNN that Hagel and former Sen. David Boren (D), will be unveiled as co-chairs of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board Wednesday afternoon at a White House event. CIA Director Leon Panetta and Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair will also attend the event.

The prestigious post has been previously held by foreign policy luminaries like Brent Scowcroft, who ran the board during the George W. Bush administration, when it was known as the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.
Hagel, who served as an informal foreign policy adviser to Obama during the presidential campaign, was rumored to be a possible Secretary of Defense or Ambassador but ended up running a Washington think tank, the Atlantic Council, instead.


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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. diridi

    investigate Dick Cheney...first...

    October 28, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Branden

    Obama continues to demonstrate more bipartisanship in his first 8 months on the job than Bush did in 8 years.

    October 28, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. JonDie

    Hagel a "maverick?" No way.

    John "I voted with Bush 90% of the time" is a "maverick.

    Shoot, Hagel's barely a Republican, in fact, he's a closet liberal.

    Didn't Cheney, Limbaugh and Palin kick Hagel out fo THEIR party?

    October 28, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Idiot_Pelosi

    I want to know where the committee is to investigate Bill Clinton for lying under oath in court?

    I also want to know why ongoing investigations aren't being actively performed on Charlie Rangel, and Nancy Pelosi.

    October 28, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Hegel has the background to do this. Besides, there was some limited and not so open support for Obama during the campaign. How many Democrats have been in past Republican administrations? This is a step toward people working together.

    October 28, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Good move President Obama, appointing yet another Republican to a sensitive post. This talks to the confidence that Obama has in surrounding himself with not only Republicans, but also his adversaries and appointing them to key posts. Damage control and insightful input all in one swift move. The 'other' Party will only criticize but so much when one of their own is the person/czar in charge!!!! Brilliant! The Shrub Cutter, on the other hand, just wanted a bunch of Yes Men and fellow idiots around him and that really worked out so well for us, didn't it?

    October 28, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. IndyVoter

    Good choices.

    October 28, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    Excellent choice. Hagel is a Republican without the troglodyte tendancies and he actually does have military experiance. He won't roll over for Obama, or anyone. As usual Obama is looking for some one with a brain who is not afraid to speak his mind, Hagel is a plus.

    October 28, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Perusing-through

    Good choice, President Obama. :-)

    October 28, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Centrist

    President Obama continues his respectful efforts to work with Republicans. Hagel is an excellent choice. Keep up the great work!

    October 28, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    I think when this is all over, Obama will have wekened the entire country on a witchhunt that is all for pure show and spite....

    October 28, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. S M R

    Go after the dishonest Bush/Cheney Administration for everything- torture, falsifying offical documents, NO WMD, Blackwater, outing CIA Agent and Bankrupting Our Country through Deregulation and tax breaks for the rich,while spending 10 billion a month in Iraq. This kind of Leadership needs to be ARRESTED, TRIED and JAILED to send "A CLEAR MESSAGE" that the American Taxpayer wiil not put up with it ANY LONGER.

    October 28, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. S M R

    Having Chuck Hagal on the board is like a fox gaurding the hen house.

    October 28, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    Now that's not a bad pick at all, or picks for that matter.

    I think there's various reasons why Hagel is the co-chair, political, to say the least. But that should bring some common ground with both parties, Dems and GOP.

    I think we can all agree that they both see foreign policy at a different level, both parties, right? Each one has their own unique perspective and the American people are just tired of war, they are just tired. I wanna win, like I always do but is a tough proposition. Hopefully with Hagel as the co-chair, this can bring some vision and togertherness among the politicians but most importantly, the people as well.

    Hagel is well respect throughout the country and in D.C, maybe he can show some consistency and reliance among what strategy and direction we wanna take in the foreseeable future.

    October 28, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Doug, New Jersey

    This guy is an idiot. Unlike president Bush who hit Washington with a bi-partisan attitude working with Democrats like the late Senator Kennedy with No Child Left Behind, Obama has from day 1 said that he is a rabid partisan who will not entertain an idea he may even like as long as it is proposed by a republican. When Republicans reached out their hand to President Obama he pushed them away and screamed "I won".

    Now that his numbers are down big time and it looks like he will be a 1 termer, he now wants to pretend as if he is not a rabid partisan extremist, choosing this republican who will be clearly handicapped by his Demo co-chair Obama-bot. Obama goes after news outlets that speak the truth, he is so partisan that he wants to control our free speech in a Chicago poltics corrupt fashion.

    October 28, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Nea

    No matter what President Obama do to reach out to Republicans they will still complain that he is not being Bypartisan enough.

    October 28, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. mjm

    By maverick do you mean loser?

    It’s hard to believe this guy once worked for Reagan.

    October 28, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. The Party of No = The Party of Nobody

    Hagel is one of the few (very) Republicans that I have any respect for at all. But please, CNN, please don't use the word "maverick" to describe him! In fact, if you could refrain from using the word "maverick" at all, in any context, it would be great. Thanks.

    October 28, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. southerncousin

    I wonder if liberals will ever stop their name calling and lying that has contributed so much to the decline of political discussion in America? I guess they just can't restrain their true nature as mean hypocrites.

    October 28, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Patrick

    It's about time Obama named Hagel to serve in his administration! I would have like Hagel to have been Obama's running mate but this is a good thing!

    October 28, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. joy who love her President.

    good. I Love chuck Hagel. Thank u Mr President.

    October 28, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. socalgal

    I know how to make Glenn Beck happy. Let the CIA interrogate Obama! He's got so many sides of his mouth we'd never otherwise get the truth from him about his plans to dismantle the USA. I'd happily volunteer (isn't volunteerism one of his mantras?) to accompany him on the flight to Gitmo.

    October 28, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Jilli

    Hagel is an outstanding choice for this position.

    Proof that there are still rational, sane and intelligent republicans. Oh, that's right the current gop ran him off. He's too sane and rational for the current group.

    October 28, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I like Hagel. He's one of the republicans I do support.

    October 28, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. JEAN - ATL

    I believe these two appointments are another example of a brilliant move by our president. Congratulations to Mr. Hagel and Mr. Boren.

    October 28, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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