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White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday blasted Senate Republicans for threatening to block Defense Secretary-nominee Chuck Hagel and John Brennan, nominated to head the CIA, in a quest for more information about what President Obama did on the night that terrorists killed four Americans in the U.S. Consulate in Libya.
“We have answered these questions,” Mr. Carney said. “The president found out about the attack in
in a meeting with his secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs
from his national security adviser. He immediately ordered those two leaders to
take every action necessary to try to position forces in a way that could
assist in Benghazi and also
potentially take action, if necessary, elsewhere, because of all that was
enfolding around the region.” Benghazi
He added that Mr. Obama was “regularly updated and kept appraised [sic] of events in
and in the region throughout that evening and into the night.” Benghazi
“Those are the facts,” Mr. Carney said.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told lawmakers last week that he didn’t have any communication with the White House on the night of the
after informing Mr. Obama of the assault during a meeting at the White House late
in the afternoon. Benghazi
Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said on Sunday that the GOP should block Mr. Hagel’s nomination “until the White Housegives us an accounting” of what the president did that night.
“Did the White House ever pick up the phone and call anyone in the Libyan government to help these folks?” he asked on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Mr. Carney labeled as “unfortunate … the continuing attempt to politicize an issue through nominees that themselves had nothing to do with
“Senator Hagel, Mr. Brennan, they need to be confirmed,” Mr. Carneysaid. “They’re highly qualified candidates for their posts. And we call on the Senate to act quickly to do just that.”
Senate Democrats have scheduled a vote of the Armed Services Committee on Mr. Hagel’s nomination for Tuesday. Mr. Carney said it would be irresponsible of Republicans to hold up the nomination when
troops are fighting a war in U.S. . Afghanistan
“It is clear that Senator Hagel is uniquely qualified to be secretary of defense, and it is clear that he has at least a substantial — a majority of senators who would vote to confirm him,” Mr. Carney said. “We need to move forward with this nomination and make sure we have a secretary of defense, which is a key post when it comes to our national security interests.”
Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of
Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has
covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Allentown, Pa. .
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