Hagel vote postponed as committee pushes for financial disclosure

posted at 7:31 pm on February 6, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Josh Rogin of Foreign Policy reported on calls for delay by GOP senators Tuesday, and confirms a delay today:

At Hagel’s Jan. 31 confirmation hearing, ranking Republican James Inhofe (R-OK) noted that the committee had requested Hagel provide all of the speeches he had delivered over the last five years, since he left the Senate, including disclosing who paid him for them. Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) gave Hagel a deadline of Monday at 5 p.m. to provide more information for the record. Hagel testified that many of his speeches were private, not videotaped, and often did not include prepared remarks, but that he would comply with all legal requirements.

On Tuesday afternoon, committee member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) told The Cable that the deadline had passed and that the committee had not been given the information it requested, specifically on who paid Hagel to give speeches. “A number of senators wrote and asked for additional financial information that I thought was reasonable and the chairman agreed and directed that information be provided by yesterday. It has not been provided. Those were reasonable requests,” Sessions said. “I believe the request for financial information was legitimate and should be complied with before a vote takes place.”

A Sen. Ted Cruz letter on the subject has two dozen signatories:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) distributed a letter to his Republican colleagues calling on SASC Chairman Carl Levin (D., Mich.) to delay a committee vote until Hagel responds to the numerous questions about his financial entanglements, according to multiple Senate sources.

The letter has garnered at least two dozen signatures thus far, the sources said. The signatories include every GOP member of SASC.

“Your refusal to respond to this reasonable request [for more information] suggests either a lack of respect for the Senate’s responsibility to advice and consent or that you are for some reason unwilling to allow this financial disclosure to come to light,” Cruz and his colleagues state in the letter sent late Wednesday to Hagel.

And, Hagel has dug in.

President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has informed the Senate Armed Services Committee that he will not provide foreign financial details for the corporate and nonprofit organizations he was affiliated with since he left the Senate in 2009.

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.”

Another wrinkle is an investigation of a sexual harassment charge brought in 2007 by a female staffer in Hagel’s office against a male superior, which did not involve Hagel himself.

Sessions also told The Cable that he was waiting for the results of a previously undisclosed investigation by the Republican committee staff into a complaint by a former aide involving another Hagel aide. Three GOP congressional aides confirmed that the committee was looking into the complaint, although there is no evidence that Hagel was directly involved or even was aware of the incident in question.

The aides said that over the last two weeks, the minority committee staff had interviewed several former Hagel staffers who came forward to complain about how the former senator had managed his office. The staff found none of their complaints worth pursuing aside from that of the one former junior female staffer, whom the committee interviewed late last month. According to Sessions and all three aides, the female staffer told the committee she had been sexually harassed by a senior male staffer while working in Hagel’s office in 2007. One aide said the alleged harassment included “inappropriate statements and conduct.”

Neither the accuser nor the accused responded to requests for comment, but The Cable spoke with Lou Ann Linehan, Hagel’s chief of staff at the time of the alleged incident.

“I remember handling it, I thought it was handled. I did not bring it to the senator. I would not have taken it to the senator unless it required a termination and that wasn’t the case,” she said. “The term sexual harassment shocks me a little bit. I wouldn’t have put up with anything that was actually sexual harassment. I had a very low tolerance for it. I don’t put up with that stuff. Hagel didn’t tolerate it, I didn’t tolerate it.”

Conventional wisdom and the barometer McCain say it’s still unlikely Hagel will be filibustered, but the issues are mounting and Hagel’s unwillingness or inability to answer them could change some minds. One thing we know for sure, though— what a winner of a pick by President Obama. Competent, smooth, impressive, with the ability to unite, and worth every scintilla of political capital expended upon him.

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Hang in there, Hagel my man, Barky needs someone willing to accept the blame for gutting the military and apparently there are few takers for the job.

Bishop on February 6, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Hagle,

Quick call up Lt. for Life John F. Kerry, he has what it takes to cover up treason, fake awards and citations, and pariasomina/aka bed wetting.

Just what you need.

http://www.johnkerry.gov .commie

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 6, 2013 at 7:43 PM

“Conventional wisdom and the barometer McCain say it’s still unlikely Hagel will be filibustered…”

My friends…

Seven Percent Solution on February 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Sorry Chuckles, if you’re not releasing that information to the committee, it tells me you have something to hide. Unacceptable. Filibuster worthy.

rbj on February 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Dang it Allah! I was posting a comment on that thread you just removed. Will the comment be there when you put it back up? Or do I need to copy it and save it?

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

The SPLC filed an injunction to keep that thread off of HotGas.

Bishop on February 6, 2013 at 7:48 PM

So, this is what happens with the thread when its not responding correct.

test

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Ditto.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Bishop on February 6, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Lol! ; )

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

How much more dirt is gonna be swept under the dems rug?

Do I need to get my broom out?

We need a clean sweep…and pronto.

Hagel is a NO GO as far as I am concerned.

Scrumpy on February 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

He has got this almost straight.

“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.”

It is not his fiduciary duty but I’ll give him a pass as he’s not a great speaker.

Fact is non-public corporate entities simply do not have to open the kimono for a non-exec director (showpiece) when he auditions for a job with the Barky Regime.

CorporatePiggy on February 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Bagel seems just so inept. He should fit in well with 0′s crew. Say, should that read wrecking crew?

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Is Collins ($-Maine) holding out for more loot for her vote?

viking01 on February 6, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Bagel=Hagel, dang iPad thingy!

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Bagel=Hagel, dang iPad thingy!

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 7:54 PM

I kinda liked it. After all, he’s got zero credentials.

Naturally Curly on February 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM

The letter has garnered at least two dozen signatures thus far, the sources said. The signatories include every GOP member of SASC.

A Republican Senate aide said the following:
“We are talking about the most sensitive cabinet post—control over our nuclear secrets, our intelligence agencies, our covert activities—and we don’t have a right to know if he’s got IOUs for certain countries or groups?”

Indeed!!

bluefox on February 6, 2013 at 8:03 PM

So, he is not fully disclosing his docs…you mean like birth cert, college transcripts, medical records, etc., that kind of document…apple has fallen close to the tree.

hillsoftx on February 6, 2013 at 8:05 PM

; ) say, how come you aren’t over on this thread. might have been fun. Lol!

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM

So Ted Cruz has been in the Senate for two weeks, and two dozen other Senators have signed his letter?

This is what leadership looks like.

Naturally Curly on February 6, 2013 at 8:08 PM

No documents produceable? A convenient excuse for Obama to drop him Harriet Myers style.

philw1776 on February 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

McCain is a POS if he still believes that Hagel shouldn’t be filibustered. This stinks to high heaven.

Mirimichi on February 6, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Someone told Hagel his vote had been held up by Cruz. He heard “Jews.”

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on February 6, 2013 at 8:12 PM

The nomination of this utterly disgusting fool is nothing more than a further testament to the woefully inadequate leadership that starts with the big “O” himself.

And if Mooch is reading this? Lose the bangs. You look ridiculous.

Key West Reader on February 6, 2013 at 8:15 PM

…If McCain votes for this POS…he needs the people of Arizona to recall him for his senility.

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2013 at 8:45 PM

So Ted Cruz has been in the Senate for two weeks, and two dozen other Senators have signed his letter?

This is what leadership looks like.

Naturally Curly on February 6, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Yes!!! Finally!!! :-)

bluefox on February 6, 2013 at 8:51 PM

And if Mooch is reading this? Lose the bangs. You look ridiculous.

Key West Reader on February 6, 2013 at 8:15 PM

LOL

bluefox on February 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Brennan needs to be questioned hard on ten, make that eleven, Obamaleaks to the media prior to the election.
http://www.aei-ideas.org/2013/02/the-top-ten-obamaleaks-john-brennan-needs-to-explain/

onlineanalyst on February 6, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Hagels got that typical ‘deer in the headlights’ look. Yeah, SoD, sure. Makes sense.

tommy71 on February 6, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Now there is a report of sexual harassment on Drudge; not directly by Hagel, but in his office.

Tater Salad on February 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Hagel vote postponed as committee pushes for financial disclosure inquisitors seek to continue witch hunt

Fixed

antifederalist on February 6, 2013 at 10:10 PM

I got an email from Sen. Nelson, he thinks Hagel is swell.

Cindy Munford on February 7, 2013 at 12:37 AM

I know whoever gets this job is just there to gut the military but Hagel is too stupid and incompetent to be Secretary of Defense.

sherrimae on February 7, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Harriet Hagel will remember a pressing family matter that precludes the nomination, and withdraw.

Another Drew on February 7, 2013 at 2:57 AM

It might be oddly face-saving to have Hagel step aside because of some financial disclosure complexity, rather than because he’s evidently a very stupid individual.

What about Wesley Clark? He’s military, democrat and completely nuts.

virgo on February 7, 2013 at 3:24 AM

Seems to me that failing to release that info doesn’t make him filibuster-worthy. It makes him unworthy to even get out of committee. “I’m sorry, you don’t want to disclose some simple information that would go a long way toward assuring folks there are no conflicts of interest? Fine. Goodbye, Mr Hagel. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. NEXT!”

GWB on February 7, 2013 at 9:17 AM