Senate Republicans block Hagel nomination for now
GOP lawmakers seek more answers on Benghazi
- Duration 4:45
- Date Feb 14, 2013
GOP lawmakers seek more answers on Benghazi
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That's trouble throwing in DC tonight -- -- president Obama's pick to be the next Defense Secretary now as Republican senators temporarily blocked a vote on chuck angles nomination that was earlier today.
Delaying the vote until late February.
How Republicans say it is premature to close the debate over the nominee and say the before any confirmation vote will take place.
They want -- answers from hagel and the White House about what exactly President Obama was doing the night.
Of the Ben Ghazi terror attack that killed a US ambassador and three other Americans the first time a filibuster of a cabinet nominees been used.
And needless to say this marks a major win for the GOP and a pretty embarrassing defeat for the president.
And joining me now with reaction from the American Center for Law and Justice.
You know I don't always agree -- Leon Panetta one but I respect Leon Panetta and he said about the sequestration cuts.
That it's -- hollow our military and devastate our national security.
Chuck Hagel says well the budget exploded forty -- Then when you look at US missile defense he was against it unilaterally wants to disarm America of nukes.
Sanctions against Iran has controversial comments on Israel and angle Juan.
He'd be any any game probably the worst.
The hearings that I've ever seen in my life one in my lifetime.
Why why shouldn't they be scrutinizing this is an important time and then in terms of world history and in terms of defense.
While you must've missed the news here at a news is that Republicans said that in a week they basically will vote to and the closer and the -- filibuster.
And -- Chuck Hagel so nobody in this town thinks that there's any chance that Chuck Hagel -- is either gonna resign or to.
Going to be denied -- office of secretary of defense that doesn't mean we're really anything you know I'll get on political game.
I'm sorry -- -- goes on in that town necessarily probably means the rest of the country would disagree -- -- let me show both Libya that how bad these hearings war.
We have highlights of -- -- during these hearings he looked terrible it was embarrassing process.
Name one person in your opinion he's intimidated by the Israeli lobby in the United States and.
Maintain -- and I don't know when you said.
That the search would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam we are correct or incorrect my -- or no.
My reference to the speaker Nancy might change under hagel.
The question is -- we were right or wrong.
That's a pretty straightforward question well I thought I would like to answer -- -- right or wrong and then you are free to elaborate.
Well I am not going to -- give you -- a yes or no.
Why do you think that the Iranian Foreign Ministry so strongly supports your nomination to be -- secretary did today.
I have a difficult enough time in -- politics.
And the senator I have no idea.
Do you think it's appropriate.
For the chief civilian leader of the US military forces.
To agree with the statement.
That both of perception.
Quote and the reality.
Is that the United States he is quote.
The -- worlds bully.
I didn't hear her say that by the way the United States and I think my comment was it's -- relevant.
And good observation I don't think I said -- I agree with.
They secular your reaction.
Well look -- -- -- to the Supreme Court of the United States and had a performance like Chuck Hagel had before the Seneca committee.
It would be a disaster so Chuck Hagel response was a disaster and of course the most famous.
Line -- that he has is the one where he said look there's a lot of things I don't know about various aspects of the secretary defensive role in various.
Our Department of Defense protocols but I'll learn on the job you know.
-- one of the things that I disagree with one on this -- I mean will the filibuster be broken a week I don't know they're gonna break it or not but I'll tell you this much.
In Washington DC and once -- this -- -- anybody in Washington DC.
A week is a lifetime.
And when these speeches let's get to the merits of what Chuck Hagel really believes when you get to the merits of it how can anyone in good conscience release except.
His view that we should have a consulate in Tehran which is what he basically has been -- basically he did that dictate.
And his position on the joy he called by the way the Jewish lobby which is really disparaging.
-- try to -- -- say the Israeli lobby as if that was some.
Kind of a technique you would you -- Lindsey Graham.
Really dealt with that but the reality is Sean you don't get away with those kind of statements -- he -- as secretary -- I want.