Senators Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul Discuss Hagel, Brennan Nominations
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was a central force in blocking the nomination of Chuck Hagel from coming to a vote in the Senate this week. He explained why he and some of his fellow Republicans took the unprecedented action on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I would worry about our Congress being jammed to support a nominee the Washington Post has said is to the left of Obama on foreign policy,” Graham said.
Had the White House not rushed the vote, and held it after the current recess instead, Graham said it would have been different.
And while Graham calls Hagel, “one of the most unqualified radical choices for Secretary of Defense in a long time,” he said will in the end allow a vote to go forward because, the “president deserves great deference in his choices” for secretary.
Graham’s efforts have also been aimed at getting answers he believes the administration is withholding regarding the investigation into Benghazi.
“There are so many unanswered questions,” Graham said.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who joined “Fox News Sunday” in the second segment, has concerns about the president’s nomination of John Brennan CIA director.
Paul’s concern is over Americans being targeted by drone strikes, and questions he has over the parameters and process of these operations.
“The president will not answer that he will not target Americans on American soil,” Paul said.
Paul says he does have some objection to targeting Americans citizens overseas as well.
“You should get some protection for being an American citizen… there probably should be some process,” Paul said.