President Obama is being pressed by a delegation of prominent Republican Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee to withdraw his nomination of Brett McGurk as the next ambassador of Iraq.
McGurk, a former National Security Council member, has come under fire from lawmakers on Capitol Hill following the release of a series of explicit 2008 emails that detail his relationship with Wall Street Journal reporter Gina Chon, who resigned from the paper yesterday as a result of the scandal.
“There are strong concerns about Mr. McGurk’s qualifications, his ability to work with Iraqi officials, and now his judgment,” the senators write, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Free Beacon. “The U.S.-Iraq relationship is of the utmost importance to us, and we respectfully request that you withdraw this nominee and nominate someone with the qualifications necessary to ensure success in this position.”
The letter is a major blow to McGurk’s nomination, which was hotly contested by prominent foreign policy leaders even before the torrid emails were leaked. The Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to vote on McGurk’s nomination during a business meeting on Tuesday.