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Nominee for Ambassador to Iraq Withdraws

5:25 PM, Jun 18, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon reports: 

Sources on Capitol Hill praised the White House for “finally waking up” to the fact that former National Security Council member Brett McGurk was unfit to serve as the next ambassador to Iraq.

McGurk, who withdrew his name from consideration late Monday afternoon, was caught in a series of leaked emails engaging in an affair with a former Wall Street Journal reporter while the duo were stationed in Iraq and he was serving as a senior Bush administration official.

The emails raised questions about McGurk’s judgment and led to concerns that he could have been trading sensitive information for sexual favors.

“This nomination has been in free fall since the emails became public,” said one GOP aide close to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which was considering McGurk’s nomination.

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