June 5th, 2009
03:52 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama nominee drops out

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Philip Mudd has withdrawn from consideration as undersecretary of intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security. His decision comes after questions were raised over his knowledge of the CIA's interrogation programs during the Bush administration.

Mudd and administration statements, as released by the White House Friday:

From Philip Mudd: “Today I am announcing that I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration to be the Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis. I know that this position will require the full cooperation with Congress and I believe that if I continue to move forward I will become a distraction to the President and his vital agenda. I would like to thank the President for the honor of being considered and I extend my good wishes to the exceptional men and women of the Intel and Analysis office; these professionals work hard every day to analyze and share information with state, local and federal law enforcement agencies critical to the security of the United States.”

From White House spokesman Nick Shapiro: “The President believes that Phil Mudd would have been an excellent Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis but understands his personal decision and the choice he has made. It is with sadness and regret that the President accepted Phil’s withdrawal from consideration as Phil once again demonstrated his duty to country above all things.”

From DHS Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs Sean Smith: “Phil Mudd would have been an outstanding Undersecretary and we are disappointed by his decision but accept it. On an interim basis, the Office of Intelligence and Analysis continues to be led by Bart Johnson, an exceptional leader who is already making the critical changes that will transform this crucial office.”

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. skyhawkdriver

    Wow..a whole 3 or 4 terrorists waterboarded..they provided valuable information..that information saved lives..and lo and behold they survived..do I think that bush and cheney should be charged because of it..no..do I think dodd and frank should be prosecuted for destroying the housing industry..yes..should dood be prosecuted for pocketing money from countrywide??..yes..there are crooks in both parties..jail them all..but if interrogation methods work and save lives and make our country safer than they shold be used

    June 5, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Steve (the real one)

    @dan June 5th, 2009 3:43 pm ET

    If we need an extra $20 billion or so taxthechurches"DOT"org from the Bill of Rights: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
    I. You must be a very lonely atheist
    2. Shall we then tax welfare? I can hear the screams of opposition on that one already and it would be justified.
    3. To borrow and twist a leftist phrase, you don't like church, don't have one! Actually a good church would be te best thing for you!!

    June 5, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Justjean

    Pretty obvious. He knew he was going to be asked what his former employer did and what he thought about it...some of which he may have viewed as top secret...even possibly wrong.

    Some people feel you need to be loyal to the person who last employed you. Possibly he agreed with Bush's agenda and did not want to work for Democrats. However you look at, he did the right thing to drop out if he wasn't comfortable.

    June 5, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. ule

    Bill, What did you do that you are looking for protection. Are you sure you are not suffering from notorious rushlinghboism. You better go for check up before it is too late

    June 5, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Grrr-awful-o

    So if Mudd is dropping out over his knowledge of interrogation methods... then what about Nancy Pelosi? Oh, I forgot: the CIA lied to her about that. Apparently everyone else knew but Nancy was lied to. Poor Nancy! Mean old CIA!

    June 5, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Steve in Denver

    @Kenyan Wonder Kid: THe better question is why are we talking about what the minority leader in congress knew about torture? Why aren't we talking about prosecuting war criminals? I am frankly scared at the extent to which rove, limbaugh, cheney, et al can distract us from the real issue of who approved and conducted torture, not to mention let seven people be disciplined (including one still in jail), while we yap about what the minority leader in congress knew. The program was commiting war crimes. The stupidest question we can ask at this point is what the minority leader knew.

    Liberal media my ... This supposed liberal media did more and does more to help the bush administration than anyone could hope for. If a few reporters and the NYT did their jobs, bush would be in jail by now, we'd be into Kerry's second term, and Bush/cheney would have been impeached for all the negligence that allowed 9/11 to happen.

    June 5, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Steve (the real one)

    FORMER republican, NEVER again! June 5th, 2009 4:42 pm ET
    Lisa, Laughlin NV – the truth hurts doesn't it. You rethugs can't bear to hear how truly horrific of a nightmare this country was under bush and the rethugs. It's funny watching you guys squirm.

    phoenix86 – you never ever have posted a factual comment, just bitter hateful remarks about President Obama.
    I find it too funny that you are schooling anyone on bitter hateful remarks. Have you read any of yours? What' s really funny is your hypocrasy! Your are calling out "rethugs" yet your are whining about someone's remark concerning President Obama. Sounds like you want things both ways!

    June 5, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Steve in Denver

    @skyhawkdiver: These terrorists yielded all the information we got from them under TRADITIONAL interrogation techniques. There is no "Jack Bauer" argument. These people were waterboarded 180 times AFTER they gave up their information. I don't particularly give a rat's behind if KSM suffered, but the damage was done to our country by a mental midget occupying the white house for eight years. Torture is wrong, and the worse damage is done to us and our security.

    June 5, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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