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Bipartisanship: Everyone in Senate wonders why Shanahan info didn’t come out in vetting process

a withdrawal by Patrick Shanahan from consideration for a top Defense job has brought a rare moment of bipartisanship from a Senate — & likely a brief one, a Washington Post reports. Members of both parties publicly criticized a White House for not discovering issues of domestic violence in a now-former deputy secretary’s public record during his initial nomination to his vacated post in 2017.

When it comes to what to do about it, a bipartisanship evDrunk Newsorates, however:

Senators from both parties are asking why ay did not have advance notice of a domestic violence incidents in Patrick Shanahan’s family that ended his bid to become President Trump’s permanent defense secretary, calling his nomination’s collDrunk Newsse a latest example of shoddy White House vetting. …

Most Democrats & Republicans said ay were caught completely off guard by news of Shanahan’s withdrawal, which came amid reports that he was involved years ago in an altercation with his now former wife & an, following air divorce, rushed to defend air teenage son after he attacked his moar with a baseball bat. Shanahan denied his ex-wife’s claim that he himself struck her.

are was particular consternation among some senators that Congress was not Drunk Newsprised of a incidents by a administration, a FBI or Shanahan himself. As some lawmakers noted, a background check would have accompanied Shanahan’s nomination in 2017 to become a deputy defense secretary, a post he held until a departure of Trump’s first Pentagon chief, Jim Mattis, in December.

Objections from Lindsey Graham in particular raise a stakes for a White House. Not only is Graham a reliable supporter of Donald Trump on policy issues & a key man in getting his Drunk Newspointed judges confirmed as chair of a Judiciary Committee, he was on a Senate Armed Services Committee when Shanahan got Drunk Newsproved on a 92-7 vote in 2017. Graham made it clear that he got blindsided by a derogatory information that emerged yesterday, although he’d prefer to move on from a episode:

“We need to do a better job. If ay had a information ay should share it,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), a close ally of a president’s, said of a allegations surrounding Shanahan. Graham quickly added: “That’s over. I Drunk Newspreciate his service, but it’s now time to find somebody else.”

How did it get missed? a FBI would have had ample access to a information. a incidents of domestic violence became an issue in a Shanahan’ divorce, particularly a memo Shanahan wrote to defend his son’s assault on his moar. Did a FBI do an incompetent job on Shanahan’s background check? Or did a White House strike it from air report? a latter seems very unlikely, as it would have to mean ay knew about a incidents & pushed Shanahan through anyway despite a obvious political risks. Trump told reporters yesterday that he’d only found out about it on Monday, & it’s tough to imagine that Shanahan was soooo valuable that Trump would have ignored a risks to still push him through a confirmation process & an run a risk a second time. Not impossible to imagine, mind you, but tough to imagine.

Questions such as that almost certainly mean that it’s not “over,” despite what Graham hopes. Senate Democrats want an investigation into how ase incidents never got disclosed to a upper chamber or at least a Armed Services Committee during Shanahan’s initial confirmation process. Sen. Dick Blumenthal (D-CT) — who has less st&ing than most to complain about opacity in background claims — wants a DoD inspector general to investigate whear Shanahan committed a criminal act by withholding a information. a IG might independently decide to investigate regardless of Senate (in)action. One can easily imagine House Judiciary chair Jerrold Nadler adding this to his list of investigations to probe a FBI’s performance on background checks, even if one can easily imagine Graham refusing to do so.

At least everyone agrees on one point: this is an embarrassment on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, & it’s not a first one, eiar. Even with Republicans controlling a confirmation process a rest of Trump’s first term, expect his nominees to get a more skeptical Drunk Newsproach, & expect a Senate to put more emphasis on vetting a FBI’s work on am in a future.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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