Republicans still question Hagel's nomination
February 17th, 2013
12:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans still question Hagel's nomination

(CNN) – Sen. John Barrasso said Sunday that when Republicans held up a vote last week on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary, it wasn't a political ploy, but a sign of serious questions about the nominee.

"I have grave reservations," Barrasso said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think he's been wrong about Iran, wrong about Israel, wrong in Iraq, wrong with nuclear weapons. I absolutely plan to vote against him."
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McCain satisfied with WH response on Benghazi, negotiating to end filibuster without a vote
February 14th, 2013
01:43 PM ET
2 years ago

McCain satisfied with WH response on Benghazi, negotiating to end filibuster without a vote

Washington (CNN) - Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, says he is satisfied with answers the White House provided to his and other senators' questions about Benghazi and that he is now in negotiations to get answers about defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel's finances that other GOP senators are seeking.

"I think it was an adequate response, yes," McCain said about the Benghazi matter. "We are working on and having negotiations now trying to smooth this thing out and get it done."
Asked if the satisfactory response on Benghazi was enough for him to vote to break the filibuster McCain indicated not yet.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • John McCain
February 14th, 2013
11:28 AM ET
2 years ago

Republicans stall Hagel nomination

(CNN) – The Senate failed to garner enough votes Thursday to stop a filibuster against Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.

Fifty-eight voted to move forward with the nomination, while 40 voted to hold it up. One senator, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, announced present, and Republican Sen. David Vitter missed the vote.
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Hagel:  McCain tells CNN he still doesn't have answers from WH
February 14th, 2013
11:12 AM ET
1 year ago

Hagel: McCain tells CNN he still doesn't have answers from WH

Washington (CNN) - Sen. John McCain - who has the ability to make or break the Hagel nomination - told CNN Thursday he had not received a White House letter with new information on the Benghazi attacks, exacerbating the partisan wrangling ahead of a looming Senate vote on cabinet nominee Chuck Hagel Friday.

A trio of Republican senators - McCain, Kelly Ayotte and Lindsey Graham - have said they would hold up the Senate vote on Hagel until the White House answered questions about President Obama's communications with the Libyan government the night of the Benghazi attack.

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • John McCain • Kelly Ayotte • Lindsey Graham
Outcome of Hagel filibuster vote uncertain
February 13th, 2013
08:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Outcome of Hagel filibuster vote uncertain

Washington (CNN) - Chuck Hagel’s bid to lead the Pentagon faces an uncertain outcome on a critical vote Friday as Democrats attempt to break a GOP filibuster of the defense secretary nominee.

Despite optimism from administration officials, who believe Hagel will get the five GOP votes he needs to end the filibuster, senior congressional sources in both parties are less positive. They told CNN they now are not sure he will get the votes.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Senate
February 13th, 2013
06:29 PM ET
1 year ago

Paul endorses filibuster of Hagel

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday he thinks a filibuster of Chuck Hagel's nomination for secretary of defense would be appropriate.

The conservative Republican from Kentucky said in an interview to air on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" that his unanswered questions on Hagel – particularly speaking fees Hagel received since leaving the Senate – rise to the level where he might set a roadblock to the former senator's nomination.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Rand Paul
McCain reconsidering filibuster of Hagel
February 13th, 2013
01:06 PM ET
2 years ago

McCain reconsidering filibuster of Hagel

Washington (CNN) – In an effort to pressure the Obama administration to answer a lingering question related to the Benghazi attack, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is reconsidering his pledge not to filibuster the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, according to his spokesman Brian Rogers.

McCain wants to know if the president ever personally contacted anyone in the Libyan government during the Benghazi attack to seek assistance for the Americans in the compound. McCain, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, have been trying to get the answer for months, said Rogers, and they reiterated their request in a letter to the president on Monday.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • John McCain
Embattled Hagel clears key Senate hurdle
February 12th, 2013
05:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Embattled Hagel clears key Senate hurdle

Washington (CNN) - Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday narrowly approved the choice of Chuck Hagel to serve as President Barack Obama's next defense secretary, sending the controversial nomination to the full Senate.

Hagel's nomination cleared the committee in a straight party line vote. No Republicans backed the former Nebraska GOP senator, a decorated Vietnam veteran who has come under fire on a range of issues relating to American foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Senate
Committee to vote on Hagel Tuesday
February 11th, 2013
12:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Committee to vote on Hagel Tuesday

(CNN) – The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a vote on the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary at 230 p.m. ET Tuesday, the office of Chairman Carl Levin announced Monday.

While Hagel went through his confirmation hearings on January 31, Levin put off the vote after more than two dozen Republicans pressed Hagel to provide additional financial information about corporations and other organizations he's been associated with since leaving Congress.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Senate
Graham vows to block nominations unless White House more forthcoming
February 10th, 2013
01:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Graham vows to block nominations unless White House more forthcoming

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's nominees for secretary of defense and CIA director could be held up by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham unless the White House provides more information about its response to September's attack on an American diplomatic post in Libya.

The South Carolina lawmaker made the threat Sunday on CBS, using the phrase "no confirmation without information" in vowing to put a hold on the nominations of both John Brennan and Chuck Hagel unless the Obama administration provides more information about the Benghazi attack.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • John Brennan • Lindsey Graham
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