The Senate confirmation process for Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel has stalled, amid requests from GOP lawmakers for further financial information on his paid speeches and other dealings.
A Senate panel postponed the vote that had been scheduled for Thursday. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., said the demands were 'unprecedented' for a defense nominee. The lawmakers want to know "things no prior candidate has ever been asked for, way beyond what the rules of the committee are," Levin told The Hill."He has provided all of the financial information that was required."
In a letter to Hagel, 25 Senate Republicans said they could not vote until he provided details on all compensation of more than $5,000 that he had received over the past five years. They also asked for information on recent speeches, which groups he has addressed and on donors to those groups.
"The committee, and the American people, have a right to know if a nominee for secretary of defense has received compensation, directly or indirectly, from foreign sources," Senate Republicans wrote. "Until the committee receives full and complete answers, it cannot in good faith determine whether you should be confirmed as secretary of defense."
Hagel wrote in a letter to GOP committee members that some of the financial information they seek is legally controlled by others and not up to him to disclose. Levin said he believed the Senate would ultimately confirm Hagel, the Associated Press reports.