Looks like Republicans are standing strong – for now – on holding up Hagel’s nomination to try and force the White House to come clean on Obama’s involvement – or lack thereof – on the night of the Benghazi attack:
FOX NEWS – The battle over Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel reached a boiling point Thursday, as senior Hill sources said Republicans have told Democrats they intend to block his confirmation until more information is provided about the Benghazi terror attack.
A day earlier, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid set the stage for a full Senate vote Friday. In a first for a Defense secretary nominee, Hagel is expected to have to clear a 60-vote threshold in order to be confirmed — due to objections by Republican lawmakers.
Republicans already are almost uniformly opposed to Hagel. But with this leverage, they are also demanding the White House provide more information about what President Obama was doing on the night of the Benghazi terror attack.
Democrats hold a 55-45 edge in the Senate and have the numbers to confirm Hagel on a majority vote. But one source told Fox News that Democrats do not have the 60 votes to cut off the filibuster on Friday.
Separately, Republican lawmakers predicted to Fox News that Hagel would ultimately get confirmed — but it won’t happen Friday.
Meanwhile the White House is calling this move by Republicans “unconscionable“.