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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

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.
"[T]he 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."
"Hagel 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 thinking."
"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 foundation.
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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At 8:13 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

For the Dem drones (which is all of them when it comes to the vote, regardless of what they verbalize)... what difference does it make?

At 2:12 AM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Let me make it easy: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Hamas, the PLO, Hezbollah and Qatar.

At 4:24 AM, Blogger Captain.H said...

UPDATE: The Senate Committee vote has been postponed, with no new date set. More negative information has turned up, specifically audio of a 2007 speech Hagel made to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. In the speech, Hagel said that the U.S. needed to "reverse optics" in its relationship with Israel.

To me, that says Hagel wants a great distance between the US and Israel, not the former closeness. Of course, publicizing that view belies the phony "great friend of Israel" image that Obama wishes to put on his sales lot, next to the Brooklyn Bridge.

The article goes on, "...The Washington Free Beacon notes that new committee member Ted Cruz (R-TX) took the lead in demanding postponement, circulating a letter that garnered over two dozen signatures from fellow Senators."

Starting to look bad for Obama's boy. The dirt piles up deeper and more and more senators are finding their courage.


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