“Hagel’s performance at his confirmation hearing was deeply concerning, leading to serious doubts about his basic competence to meet the substantial demands of the office,” Lee said in a statement Thursday. “While Hagel’s erratic record and myriad conversions on key national security issues are troubling enough, his statements regarding Iran were disconcerting.”
The other senators calling for President Obama to withdraw the nomination are Sens. Cornyn, R-Texas, Inhofe, R-Okla., Graham, R-S.C., Wicker, R-Miss., Vitter, R-La., Cruz, R-Texas, Toomey, R-Pa., Rubio, R-Fla., Coats, R-Ind., Johnson, R-Wis., Risch, R-Idaho, Barrasso, R-Wyo., Coburn, R-Okla. and Scott, R-S.C.
“Over the last half-century, no Secretary of Defense has been confirmed and taken office with more than three senators voting against him,” Lee said. “Furthermore, in the history of this position, none has ever been confirmed with more than 11 opposing votes. The occupant of this critical office should be someone whose candidacy is neither controversial nor divisive.”
The withdrawal request letter sent to President Obama can be found here.
Submitted by: The Office of Sen. Mike Lee