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Vitter Says Hagel Nomination Being Rushed Through Senate

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today in the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Secretary of Defense Nominee, Sen. Chuck Hagel, suggested that Hagel's nomination was being rushed through the Senate without proper vetting.

"We are not asking for anything outside of the normal committee rules," Vitter said. "Sen. Hagel is being rushed through the Senate without fully disclosing all of his public speeches."

Click here to watch the video of Vitter's statement and interaction with Chairman Levin about the lack of disclosure of Hagel's speeches.

In a February 5, 2013 letter from Sen. Hagel to the Armed Services Committee, Hagel stated he "conducted an exhaustive search for all of my speaking engagements over the past five years. All available prepared texts and transcripts have been provided to the Committee."

Below are six of the twelve speeches that were not submitted by Sen. Chuck Hagel when he submitted his last minute documents, but that fall within the Armed Services committee's disclosure rules because they have transcripts or video. The other six were speeches on the Senate floor and would have been easily found for submission.

* June 13, 2008 Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee Convention

* Dec. 4, 2008 Israeli Policy Forum Annual Event: "In His Own Words: Sen. Chuck Hagel on the Middle East"

* May 16, 2009 Georgetown University Commencement Speech

* Sept. 23, 2009 McCarthy Lecture -- College of St. Benedict/St. John's University

* October 2009 Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy -- University of Michigan

* May 28, 2012 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration

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