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Topic - Brett Mcgurk
A longtime confidante of Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton who reportedly played a key role in the State Department's damage-control efforts on the Benghazi attack last year is also named in accusations that department higher-ups quashed investigations into diplomats' potential criminal activity.
The Obama administration's pick to be the next ambassador to Iraq is withdrawing his nomination amid concerns that he engaged in improper behavior while working at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in 2008.
Seven Republican members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are calling on President Obama to withdraw the nomination of Brett McGurk to be ambassador to Iraq after a string of steamy emails surfaced last week between Mr. McGurk and a reporter he later married.
Senate Republicans are pressing the White House to dump its nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to Iraq, citing concerns about his abilities and judgment amid allegations that he acted inappropriately while working at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad during President George W. Bush's second term.
Brett McGurk appeared to have reassured Republican senators who questioned whether he has the diplomatic experience to serve as U.S. ambassador to Iraq - but then the emails surfaced.
President Obama's nominee for U.S. ambassador to Iraq impressed Republican senators in a confirmation hearing this week, but his key critic, Sen. John McCain, remains skeptical of his ability to handle America's biggest and most-expensive embassy.
Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking the Obama administration to post the compensation of top officials at public housing agencies across the country.
Democratic and Republican senators are moving ahead on President Obama's choice for U.S. ambassador to Iraq even though a top GOP lawmaker has "grave concerns" about the nomination of Brett McGurk.
After more than eight years in Iraq, the departing American military's legacy includes a fledgling democracy, bitter memories of war and, for the nation's youth, rap music, tattoos and slang.
After more than eight years in Iraq, the departing American military's legacy includes a fledgling democracy, bitter memories of war, and for the nation's youth, rap music, tattoos and slang.
The Bush administration is optimistic the Iraqi government will take an important step toward political reconciliation by passing at least one major law before the next progress report in March from the top U.S. general and U.S. ambassador in Iraq.
"The most difficult part of this process, however, was watching my wife become a part of it," he said. "She is the most precious thing in the world to me, and the depiction of our relationship has been both surreal and devastating."
He said he was doing so after consulting Ms. Chon because he believed it was in the "best interests of the country, and of our life together, to withdraw my nomination and serve in another capacity."