Chambliss named ranking Republican on Senate Intelligence Committee
January 27th, 2011
07:59 PM ET
12 years ago

Chambliss named ranking Republican on Senate Intelligence Committee

Washington (CNN) - An eight year veteran of the Senate Intelligence Committee has been named the new ranking Republican on the panel.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, was appointed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday.

"It is a priority of mine to ask the tough questions to ensure that we continue disrupting plots from those who seek to do us harm, and that we are giving our intelligence community the tools and resources it needs to keep America safe," Chambliss said in a prepared statement.

Chambliss has opposed the Obama Administration's efforts to transfer terrorist detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States for trial in civilian courts. He has called it "nothing short of an invitation for al-Qa'ida to operate inside our homeland."

Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-California, congratulated Chambliss, saying she looked foward to working closely with him "as we seek bipartisan solutions to the issues facing the committee, including crafting and passing annual intelligence authorization bills and conducting detailed oversight of America's intelligence community."

Chambliss replaces Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri who retired from Congress and

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Saxby Chambliss would have to have someone give him the tough questions to ask, as he is one clueless senator!

    January 27, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. weasley

    "It is a priority of mine to ask the tough questions...". Guess he was home sick when feeble intelligence concerning the existence of WMDs was used to justify the Iraq war.

    I laugh at the use of Republican and Intelligence in the same sentence.

    January 27, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  3. mlc in CA

    Republicans and intelligence in the same sentence? What happened? Must be a mistake....

    January 27, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  4. Tanbiker2

    Chambliss as deputy chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee? Now there's a really true oxymoron that will echo down through the ages. Like praising Cailgula when he became... briefly.... Emperor of Rome.

    January 28, 2011 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  5. kuewa

    Saxby Chambliss and the word "intelligence" somehow don't seem to belong together...

    January 28, 2011 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  6. 2+2=5

    Republican and Intelligence do not belong in the same sentence. Go America!! your so on a roll!!! keep it up!!! pot heads of America unite!!! Tea Party!!! YEAHHHHHH....wait....nvm. Hurry up and fix America during its recovery.....<-??? yeah, hello?!? idiots. Now it gets even better, according to Palin, we have no jobs because of the debt......Seriously someone send these people back to school, hell, the NE will pay for it, just do it!!! PLEASE!!! Just more groundless wanna-be military statements from the right, shocking.......Don't forget 2001 people, 2001-2008, not exactly a golden age!!!

    January 28, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  7. D. Bunker

    Great, just what America needs, another neo-con overseeing national security. Their a bunch of lying jokes.

    January 28, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  8. chill

    Saxby Chambliss disparaged the reputation of a true American hero to gain his Senate seat and should not ever receive the vote of a single veteran for his vile, deceitful campaign.

    January 28, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |