Levin Defends Hagel

Having postponed the Armed Services Committee vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to DoD because of unreasonable GOP financial disclosure demands made in a 2/6 letter signed by 26 GOP senators, committee chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) is now standing up to the Republicans with a letter to his committee’s ranking minority member, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

Levin says the GOP letter “appears to insist upon financial disclosure requirements that far exceed the standard practices of the Armed Services Committee and go far beyond the financial disclosure required of previous Secretaries of Defense.”

After walking through what is normally provided, what Hagel has provided, and why the further demands are absurd, Levin concludes:

“The committee cannot have two different sets of financial disclosure standards for nominees, one for Senator Hagel and one for other nominees.”

Hey Carl, you wanna bet? 


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