President Obama's pick to be the Army's top lawyer is facing potential opposition from senators for failing to disclose his ties to Fannie Mae.
Donald Remy, a former executive at the troubled mortgage giant, met behind closed doors on Wednesday in a follow-up session with Senate Armed Services Committee members, and according to a congressional official with knowledge of what was said in the room, "it did not go well."
The meeting, requested by Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla, lasted for a little less than an hour and was meant to address Republican concerns that Remy did not divulge his work experience at Fannie Mae, FOX News has learned.
Given two opportunities, Remy failed to inform committee member that he was chief compliance officer. Instead, Remy, 42, described his tenure at Fannie Mae, which the government took over last year amid an accounting scandal, as a "major U.S. company." He mentions, by name, other companies for which he has worked on his work history provided to the committee.
In a written response to Senate follow-up questions after his confirmation hearing in February, Remy called the omission a "mistake."
"You are either incompetent or not telling the truth," the source said. Either way, Republicans are troubled.
White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told FOX News that Remy did tell the committee in his questionnaire that was eventually submitted that he worked for Fannie Mae from March 2000 to March 2006.
"Mr. Remy fully disclosed his tenure at Fannie Mae in his Senate Armed Services Committee questionnaire," he said, adding that he also disclosed it in other documents submitted to the committee.
But an employment document that was originally sent to the committee by Remy did not include Fannie Mae by name, which seems to be the origins of the controversy.
A spokesman for Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich, chairman of the committee, declined to comment, citing the confidential nature of the closed-door meeting. Levin attended with committee member Kay Hagan, D-N.C., along with John McCain, R-Ariz., John Thune, R-S.D., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Martinez.
Remy would need 60 votes to get through the Senate confirmation process. At this time, it is unclear if he could achieve that, though Democrats do occupy 59 seats in the chamber, if two of its ailing members, Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., and Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., are able to vote. Both have been out for the month of June, with Byrd suffering from a staph infection and Kennedy still suffering from brain cancer.