Is Chuck roast? Hagel refuses to disclose foreign funding sources
Will this finally be enough to break the Obama administration's hold over Senate Democrats when it comes to the Hagel nomination? Chuck Hagel has refused to disclose to the Senate Armed Services Committee the sources of his foreign funding over the last five years. Is Chuck roast
? (Hat Tip: Noah P
Republican members of the committee asked Hagel last week for
information on whether any of the organizations received funding from
any foreign government, individual, or corporation — a request he
declined late Tuesday in a letter citing confidentiality agreements.
information you seek is legally controlled by the individual entities
and not mine to disclose," he said, adding that he was not involved in
the day-to-day operation of the organizations. "As a board-member, I
have a fiduciary duty that includes the obligation to maintain the
confidentiality of non-public corporate information. The information may
also be subject to various other legal requirements or contractual
arrangements that prohibit its disclosure."
According to a senior GOP aide close to the confirmation process, "Senators are not reacting well to this response."
is refusing to answer any of the questions or make any effort to get
them the answers," the aide said. "He is basically telling Senators they
have no right to know if he has been unduly influenced by foreign
governments or foreign agents over the last five years. What is he
hiding? I'm told several Senators, including McCain, who have previously
expressed opposition to a filibuster said privately yesterday that
failure to disclose foreign funding information would change their
"Committee members have specific concerns with regard
to foreign contributions to the Atlantic Council by Saad Hariri (or the
Hariri family), Dinu Patriciu, Kazakhstan, Bidzina Ivanishvili (his
supporters/network) – and the nexus between Chevron's investments in
Kazakhstan and their involvement with Hagel at the Atlantic Council,"
the aide added. All of those groups have paid chairs or programs at the
The committee also requested the transcripts or
recordings of any paid speeches delivered by Hagel since he left the
Senate — a request Hagel also said he could not accomodate. In his
letter to lawmakers, Hagel said his contracts stipulated the speeches
were off the record and not to be recorded. He added that he never
prepared written remarks before his speeches.
Here's hoping for the filibuster - it's a much better hope than hoping that any Democrats will put country ahead of party and break ranks.
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