March 10th, 2009
06:17 PM ET
14 years ago

Freeman withdraws nomination as intel chief

(CNN) - Charles Freeman, the Obama administration's choice for National Intelligence Council chief, has withdrawn following controversy over his nomination.

The former Pentagon official and diplomat had faced criticism from both Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee over his lack of intelligence experience, and some prior headline-grabbing remarks, particularly with regard to Israel. He also drew controversy over a statement that he believed the Chinese government did not crack down quickly enough on pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananment Square in 1989.

Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair defended Freeman today on Capitol Hill, telling Sen. Joe Lieberman at a Senate hearing that Freeman's comments had been taken out of context. He also said he felt he would do a better job if he were "getting strong analytical viewpoints" like Freeman's to "sort out and pass on" to Congress and the president.

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soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. Steve (the real one)

    Another one bites the dust! This administration's vetting process needs to be vetted

    March 10, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  2. Chris in Va.

    CNN, just wondering how EVERY post "Matthew, Detroit" utters gets posted on here when others are not posted at all? Don't you realize this person was posted SIX times on ONE ARTICLE?!?! I realize the less sense the post makes the more likely it is to get posted, but it would be nice to allow others the opportunity to express their rational views.

    March 10, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
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