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Saturday, February 09, 2013

It's Harry Reid's fault Hagel is being asked to disclose foreign funders

You can blame Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nv) for Chuck Hagel being asked about his foreign funding. Reid asked Henry Kissinger about his foreign funding in 2002 when Kissinger was up for an appointment to the 9/11 commission. Kissinger refused to disclose the foreign funding and did not get the appointment. Will Hagel do the same?
The Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is trying to give President Obama's nominee to lead the Defense Department some cover. In a letter released to the press, Carl Levin, the chairman of the committee, says that the call to release this information is "unprecedented." He says that the committee asks for a nominee to release "foreign affiliations."  Which it does, but it does not ask for foreign financial dealings to be fully disclosed.
Which was Reid's concern about Kissinger in 2002. The difference? Reid called for Kissinger to disclose when a Republican was president, and is now not standing up for full disclosure. Which seems like an odd double standard.
Read the whole thing.

Actually, it's not odd at all. Party before country is perfectly in character for the Democrats. 

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At 9:53 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Somebody released a list of donations to some organization that Hagel is on the board of (? can't remember where I saw it? maybe twitter?). But the list only had "corporate" and "government". No list of charities or NGO type donations, where Hamas front groups, etc. might show up. So any list that only has "corporate" and "government" donors would probably be a smokescreen.


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