Senator Mike Lee asks Obama to withdraw nominee Hagel

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Washington » Sen. Mike Lee is calling on President Barack Obama to withdraw his nominee to head the Defense Department, while Utah’s other senator, Orrin Hatch, isn’t sure he’ll vote for his former Senate colleague, Chuck Hagel, to oversee the Pentagon.

Lee joined 14 fellow GOP senators in opposing Hagel’s nomination, requesting in a letter to Obama on Thursday that the president pull back the nominee rather than put in place a secretary lacking support.

“Senator Hagel’s performance at his confirmation hearing was deeply concerning, leading to serious doubts about his basic competence to meet the substantial demands of the office,” Lee said in the joint letter. “While Senator Hagel’s erratic record and myriad conversions on key national security issues are troubling enough, his statements regarding Iran were disconcerting.”

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