Fox News reported yesterday that Chuck Hagel, who has been nominated as the next secretary of defense, failed to “disclose at least two recent speeches on the subject of the Arab-Israeli conflict” in paperwork filed with the Senate.
One of those speeches was “before the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) on June 13, 2008, serving as keynote speaker at the group’s convention that year. The specific session the former two-term Nebraska senator addressed was a fundraising reception for ADC’s political action committee,” according to Fox.
When reached this morning on the phone, the communications director for the ADC confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD that Hagel did speak at the conference that year. “They were very informal, not prepared remarks,” says Raed Jarrar.
More important, Mr. Jarrar said a video of the remarks exists, but that the organization is unable to find it at this time. We are “trying to find it in our archives,” Mr. Jarrar said. He hopes the video can be found at the end of this week.
Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to vote on Hagel later today. And Armed Services chairman Carl Levin hope to rush Hagel’s confirmation through the full Senate later this week.
So we now know a video of Hagel’s remarks to the ADC exists. Recall that these were remarks that Hagel didn't disclose to the Senate, as he should have, in the first place. Wouldn't it make sense for the committee, and the Senate, to find out what Hagel said to this controversial group before rushing to confirm him?