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
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Russ

    What an idiot! Enough said!

    August 2, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. supersenior

    Games, Games, Games, it's all games with the GOP.

    August 2, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. What has become of the former POW . . .

    McCain's has become a bitter shell of his former self.
    Now, get off my lawn.

    August 2, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. djb

    And who will be the first to complain about the Obama administration being "soft on terrorists" or "not having enough experience dealing with terrorists" when our national intelligence agencies fail? YOU GOT IT! McCAIN!!! and the rest of the "NO" Republicans

    August 2, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Voice of Reason

    Is it more GOP obstructionism? The problem with crying wolf over and over again is that no one believes you when there is a real cause for alarm. Even if Sen. McCain has a legitimate reason for holding up this nomination, the whole world will see it as more politically-motivated stonewalling.

    Sen. McCain and the rest of the GOP partisans: You made your bed, now LIE in it.

    August 2, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. rdepontb

    At least Mr. McCain is honest about his holds-he doesn't try to hide behind archaic, anti-citizen, anti-government-by-the-people loopholes. In his remaining time in office, it is very fitting for this gentleman to serve as a role model for civil behavior in the Houses of Congress.

    August 2, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. bob

    Same old, Same old crap from McCain and Republicans. Hold up everything. And they want back in control to destroy the country a third time. If the Democrats had done this, we would have called every name in the book. McCain is anti American.

    August 2, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Felonious Monk

    Country First?????

    August 2, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. PK California

    Some more the the GOP COOPERATION!

    August 2, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Joe

    Gee, I'll bet this has nothing to do with the upcoming Arizona primary, where McCain might lose to a far right challenger. What a pathetic creature McCain has become.

    August 2, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Gil

    More from the Party of NO that has got to go! John, you've gone worthless since you picked Pathetic Palin!

    August 2, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Kahuna

    That's the ticket McCain. Make sure you put your party ahead of national security.

    Republicans sure have a hard time walking the walk when it comes to putting the country first.

    August 2, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Chas

    Now John – you've been out of the news for a while but please don't forget that the last election is O V E R !!!

    August 2, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. DENNA

    And you wonder why President Obama does recess appointments. If the Rethuglicans would just let the man do his work, this country could move faster toward a better society. Retire John, retire.

    August 2, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Smells loke political posturing to me. . .

    August 2, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    ...er, that is "like" not loke...ooops, I pulled a Palin.

    August 2, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Independent In Albany

    McCain would have been president had he not picked the Idiot from wasilla as his running mate.

    August 2, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What is in the report that McCain is asking for? Is it really that vital that McCain see the report? We need someone in there now and McCain is asking for a report which strikes me as being foolish.

    August 2, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Delay, stall, pretend that he cares, ask for special favors...then just vote "no" yet again anyways. Nice to know McFlip-Flop is so involved.

    August 2, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Crazy Harry

    McCain continues to be loser and cares more about his precious political party.

    I'm sad to be represented by this self serving idiot.

    August 2, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. NC

    This is just Pathetic, games being played with peoples lives.

    August 2, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Video Guy

    Johnny, you did enough damage to our country giving
    Sarah Palin a platform. Now you release the confirmation so serious people can move on and get to work. Oh Yes, Tell the President your sorry and it will not happen again.

    August 2, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Mack

    Arizona voters need to put a "hold" on voting for McCain in November until he admits to the country why he picked Palin for his running mate in 2008!!

    August 2, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. jeremy..Big D..Tx

    Another recess appointment for Mr Obama. These republicans are a joke ! Mr President national security is more important than stupid politics. Appoint his when they are out of town. We support you on this.

    August 2, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Please my brothers and sisters in Az.
    Fire John McCain this fall. Let's have the people's representitives again.

    Fire All incumbents!

    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.
    This November tell Congress "You Are Fired!"

    August 2, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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