Biden works the phone, Hagel nomination in the breach over Libya questions
February 14th, 2013
01:25 PM ET

Biden works the phone, Hagel nomination in the breach over Libya questions

In a sign the White House is scrambling to keep President Obama's defense secretary nominee afloat in the confirmation process, Vice President Joe Biden is making calls to Republican senators about former Sen. Chuck Hagel, according to a senior Democratic source.

This comes after the White House sent a letter to Capitol Hill stating that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Libyan President Mohammed Magariaf the same night as the terror attack against a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi last year. President Obama, according to the letter, did not make a call to the Libyan president until the evening of the day following the violence.

Read the letter obtained from a Democratic official here.

The three GOP senators–Sens. Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Kelly Ayotte–-had demanded answers about the attack in a letter Tuesday to the Obama administration before committing to vote on Hagel's nomination. Graham had publicly stated that he was specifically asking whether Obama called Libyan officials on the night of the attack against the consulate in Benghazi, which left four Americans dead.


Filed under: Benghazi • Biden • Congress • Hagel
soundoff (One Response)
  1. Hahahahahahaha

    It's funny that even republicans don't want a republican nominated. Just because a democrat wants to nominate him!!! The GOP clowns are funny!!!!!! Hahahahahahahahaha

    February 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Reply

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.