August 2nd, 2010
07:28 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain to lift hold on confirmation of intel chief

 Sen. John McCain put a ‘hold’ on the confirmation of James Clapper to be the Director of National Intelligence.
Sen. John McCain put a ‘hold’ on the confirmation of James Clapper to be the Director of National Intelligence.

Washington (CNN) - Sen. John McCain said Monday he would lift a "hold" on the confirmation of James Clapper to be the Director of National Intelligence if he receives a report he's requested for the past 18 months.

Brooke Buchanan, McCain's spokeswoman, had said earlier in the day that the Arizona Republican would hold up a Senate vote on Clapper because he never received the report.

Later in the day, McCain said he received assurances he would get the report "tonight or tomorrow," and that once he gets it, he will lift his hold. McCain also said he was likely to vote for Clapper's confirmation.

"As an ex officio member of the intelligence committee and senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, I expect when people look me in the eye and say, 'I'll get a report over to you,' that it comes over," McCain said. "That's what I really care about. Congressional oversight."

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Filed under: Intelligence • issues • James Clapper • John McCcain
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  1. Timothy McVeigh would have been a teabag leader today

    Poor John looks like he is in terrible health,we already know he lost his mind,looks his his body is gone too.

    August 2, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. BrianInMesa

    The Senate has become a big problem for America. Why? I think it is because Mr Reid is just to nice or less than effective in the current political environment. Screw the 60 vote rule. Majority rules or at least it did when the Repulicans where in the majority.
    Mr Reid get with it or move aside. You and LieBerMan need to find another occupation. I know you are both Jewish but I still thinke you both are not representing the majoirity of the people of the US.

    August 2, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Recess appoint him. Period. Enough tomfoolery from the tom fools. Bush made 171 recess appointments, Clinton something liek 142...and Ronny Rayguns and Bush-the-First made even more. Obama? He's made FIFTEEN. Screw McPampers and the Lark he rode in on.

    August 2, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. harold

    Vote McCain out.. He has been in there too long and is a grouch.....Right Mac?

    August 2, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. GL

    This man still having gotten over his lose. Sara Palin and McCain 2 year later is still crying over their lost. If it not Sara Palin attacking the President it McCain.

    August 2, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    A report about the Road to NOWHERE that means NOTHING – just something to STALL and prove to people he has a set of "COJONES"!!!! LOL

    Now Sarah – that is how the word should be used – on a MAN, not WOMAN!!!!

    August 2, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. GL

    There McCain goes playing politic again with people lives.

    August 2, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. A Kickin' Donkey

    Get you and your ego out of the way McCain.

    August 2, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Big_D

    Playing partisan politics and risking national security seems to be the norm for the GOP now.

    August 2, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. kf

    Stall tactic at its best. Is there anythiing this President can do that the Party of NO tears down. THE PARTY OF NO IS LOW.

    August 2, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Mesa Mick

    "Me? An obstructionist? I'm shocked I tell you, SHOCKED!" Sen. J. McCain, (R) AZ

    That's an example of what happens to one's brain and it's ability to think and reason clearly when you're to old to be in government. Move over Granpa Mac, let people who live in the 21st century run things.

    August 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Robert

    Palin – she is a reminder of why you McCain never should be president. Your lack of judgment in your pick of her says so much about all your other judgments. I sarcastically thank you for unleashing that mess onto us American people.

    August 2, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. carlos

    balloon face is at it again........sickening

    August 2, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Whimsy1

    Since neither he nor his office will give any details about the so called report he is asking for, I assume this is just another block by the GOP of anything President Obama is trying to accomplish. Blocking the nomination for the Director of National Intelligence which was unanimously approved by the Intelligence Committee just reeks of partisan politics and games.
    Man up, Senator McCain, and vote yes or no but quit the games. It is dangerous to our national security and it's time you put country first.

    August 2, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. houston

    They've held up everything else, why not the top intelligence person too? Its all a game right? No one really dies or starves or becomes homeless, right? As long as the Republicans win, does anyone or anything else really matter? I guess not...

    August 2, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. ann

    Go away old man and please take the evil Palin with you.....you will forever be remembered for unleashing that stupid pitt bull on us......

    August 2, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Traitor I use to have respect for you but you have gone completely a wall in your mind. Don't see why you get so much respect for getting caught anyway POW you should not have got caught slipping.

    August 2, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. XWngLady

    What a surprise!! McLame at it again....yawn. Actually, no. This is nothing to yawn at. Its too important .. Mr. McCain, please stop being a drama queen and trying to get in the spotlight and please put American National Security FIRST. There is nothing that important that you need to hold this confirmation up over and you know it....Frankly, your time (of importance) is over "my friend"....accept it and move on or at least do your job and stop trying to build your election popularity. American lives are at stake.

    August 2, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Veteran of War

    What an old fool Mccain is. Is this keeping us safe?

    August 2, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. BeverlyNC

    What a shock – McCain being his "non-country-first" traitor to the People!
    McCain needs to be run out of office, He is a dishonorable, characterless, liar who brought us the scourge of Sarah Palin and her extremist hate and extreme stupidity.
    McCain had flip-flopped over every issue he once stood strong for. He could have fixed AZ;s immigration problem years agio but did NOTHING. The immigration bill we WROTE was for AMNESTY but he is running and hiding from this bill. He would rather stir up hatred, fear of illegals, and try to blame President Obama for his own failings.
    McCain is no hero. He is an abusive temper-tantrum-throwing senile old man whose wife will not live in the same house with him. Of all his children, only one will have anything to do with him. He is so verbally absuvie, he cannot keep staff.
    McCain is no leader. He committed adultery on his sick wife and married for money so he would never have to work a real job. Her money bought him his political career and as usual he wasted it doing NOTHING for his own state or the PEOPLE he took an oath to serve.
    McCain is just another wealthy, elitist, arrogant corporate-loving Republican who thinks average Americans are dirt and not worth his time. He is a disgrace and should lose his seat in the Senate.
    His whining and fake criticism is really annoying.

    August 2, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. jdog

    McCain is a joke! After the Palin debacle I can't take anything he does seriously. This is a man I once had much respect for.

    August 2, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Proud member of Global Zero

    Why does this not surprise me? Congress is an enigma. We could have had:
    Good Healthcare
    Good Energy Policy
    Good Tax Policy
    Good Foreign Policy
    Good Immigration Reform.

    TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS

    August 2, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Ahhh, once again, GrandaPa McCain undermining the security of this country. But that's OK, its what he and his party do best these days.

    August 2, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. False conspiracy fears are GOP Taliban tactics

    We are so fortunate to have rejected this moron and the spokesperson for the Alaska secessionist movement. He is as clueless as the 43 rd president, (or as we call him, the rajah of rendition, the tsar of torture, the guru of governmentr growth, the Chinese chard card, the wizard of wiretrap, the dean of debt and deficit)

    August 2, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. vgal

    Could we PLEASE allow the government to GET TO WORK???? I realize that not everyone will agree with ALL confirmations, but we need people in these positions to GET TO WORK. Until we fill these posts, NO WORK gets done. So, McCain and the rest of the GOP that holds up ALL confirmations, please let our taxpayer dollars PAY for something other than YOU fillibustering or saying NO all of the time. I REALIZE that you don't agree with the President or any dems for that matter – that's why you are republican. But I am American and want ALL OF YOU in gov to GET TO WORK.

    August 2, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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