McCain, vocal with reservations toward Hagel, won't block nomination
January 13th, 2013
11:09 PM ET

McCain, vocal with reservations toward Hagel, won't block nomination

By Gregory Wallace

Sen. John McCain, prominent among the Washington ranks who have questioned former Sen. Chuck Hagel's suitability for the top Defense Department post, said Sunday he will not exert his power to block Hagel's nomination.

"No," he told CNN when asked directly whether he would block the nomination in the Senate. "I plan to make a judgment as to whether I think he's appropriate to be Secretary of Defense or not."

Each senator has the power to prevent a nomination from advancing to the floor, and one of McCain's close colleagues, Sen. Lindsey Graham, has suggested he would put President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the CIA on hold while awaiting answers on the U.S. Consulate attack in September in Benghazi, Libya.

McCain said he does not plan to block that nomination or that of John Brennan for the CIA, either. He said he does have questions for both.

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U.S. supported France's failed hostage rescue in Somalia
An undated TV grab shows Denis Allex, a French hostage allegedly held -- and possibly killed -- by Somali militants.
January 13th, 2013
09:08 PM ET

U.S. supported France's failed hostage rescue in Somalia

By CNN Staff

U.S. troops lent "limited technical support" in France's bloody and unsuccessful bid in Somalia to rescue an intelligence agent who'd been held hostage for years, President Barack Obama said Sunday.

Obama detailed the U.S. military involvement in the Friday night mission in a letter sent to the leaders of the nation's two legislative chambers. The letter was released publicly as well.

While U.S. forces "provided limited technical support," they "took no direct part in the assault on the compound where it was believed the French citizen was being held hostage," the president explained.

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Filed under: France • Military • Somalia