Six Senators, five of whom are on the Armed Services Committee, sent Hagel a letter demanding more info on certain investments and entities he is associated with, according to WaPo conservative maven Jennifer Rubin. “If this material is not provided at least 24 hours prior to Thursday’s hearing, it will provide the substantial basis for a delay in any further consideration of your nomination until such disclosure has been made and sufficient time has been taken to review that material.”
In the Senate, this is as close to they come to pulling a knife on someone. It may be interesting to see what is revealed by the response to the letter.
Also, Sen Lindsay Graham said he would put a hold on the nomination until Panetta testifies on Benghazi.
The rumbling of discontent comes amid daily testimonials and gushing press assessments that he will likely be confirmed.
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) has announced support- the first Republican to do so.
Former Armed Services Chairmen Sam Nunn and John Warner will accompany Hagel at the hearing and introduce him.
A gay former Hagel staffer penned an enthusiastic endorsement op-ed in the Washington Post this week.
If you haven’t had a chance to acquaint yourself with Hagel’s views, you will find the Rubin article useful.
Will they really delay the hearings? Maybe not, but it seems unlikely to be over in one day. Democrats controlling the committee may remember that they are setting a dangerous precedent if they press for a vote before the facts are in and before the minority is satisfied The tables may turn in future elections and they may have to take what they are dishing out.
Will they filibuster the nomination if they don’t get answers? If it comes to that, Hagel may withdraw.