Hagel claims he doesn't recall saying Israel controls the State Department
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has told Fox News that he has accepted Chuck Hagel's claim that he 'didn't recall' saying that Israel controlled the State Department. Graham said that 'unless something new comes along,' he would 'take [Hagel] at his word' and that would be 'the end of the matter' (Hat Tip: Memeorandum). (You can watch the interview at that link - I have not been able to embed it yet).
Politico adds (Hat Tip: Memeorandum):
Indeed, Graham said he believes presidents deserve "great deference" in their Cabinet picks, but he continued his criticism of his former Republican colleague, who served as Nebraska senator from 1997-2009.
Hagel "one of the most unqualified, radical choices for secretary of defense in a very long time," Graham said.Sorry, but I don't get this. The constitution says 'advise and consent.' What is the meaning of 'advise and consent' if the Senate is going to hide behind 'great deference.' Where was the 'great deference' to George Bush when he wanted to appoint John Bolton - who was FAR more qualified than Hagel - to be US Ambassador to the United Nations?
No, I think Graham is wrong to drop this.