Ayotte, Graham Ask Hagel to Explain Israel State Department Comments

Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sent a letter to Sec. of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel asking whether he really believes "the State Dept. is controlled by Israel."

The letter is in response to comments made by Hagel in 2007 at Rutgers University, when he said "the State Department was becoming an adjunct of the Israeli Foreign Ministry."

Seeking an explanation of these comments, Ayotte and Graham wrote:

Did you, in fact, make this statement at the Rutgers event or have you ever made similar comments? If you made these comments or similar comments please explain what you meant. Finally, does such a statement in any way reflect your views on the U.S.-Israeli relationship?


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