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Hastert Indicates He'll Oppose Hayden CIA Appointment

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.knx1070.com/pages/33621.php Tuesday, 09 May 2006 9:26AM Hastert Indicates He ll Oppose Hayden CIA Appointment Steve Marshall Reporting KNX 1070
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      Tuesday, 09 May 2006 9:26AM

      Hastert Indicates He'll Oppose Hayden CIA Appointment

      Steve Marshall Reporting
      KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

      WASHINGTON, DC (KNX) -- Opposition within President
      Bush's own party to his new nominee to head the CIA,
      General Michael Hayden, may start at the top.

      Time Magazine is reporting on its website that House
      Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill) has indicated that he
      may oppose Hayden's appointment.

      "The Speaker believes they should not have a military
      person leading the CIA, a civilian agency," Ron
      Bonjean, Hastert's communications director, told TIME.
      Bonjean was confirming the tone of comments Hastert
      made at an appearance in Aurora, Ill., in which
      Hastert praised outgoing director Porter Goss and said
      moving Hayden to the CIA smacked of a "power grab" by
      Department of Intelligence chief John Negroponte,
      adding that Negroponte had visited Hastert's office
      last week and not noted any problems with Goss.

      Hastert is said to be one of Goss' closest friends on
      Capitol Hill.

      Hastert stated further that he didn't know Hayden and
      that the general had never paid him a visit.

      Opposition from the House Speaker has little official
      weight, since Hayden's confirmation will rest with the
      Senate. However, his power and influence over other
      Republicans could set a tone that would make Hayden's
      confirmation tough sledding.

      The Senate hearings will most likely morph into
      hearings on the National Security Agency's warrantless
      wiretaps on American citizens, which has been a
      hot-button issue within the Bush Administration.
      Hayden is said to be the architect of the
      eavesdropping policy, developing the plan when he was
      head of the NSA.

      "We expect quite a bit of questioning about this
      issue, but I believe that General Hayden will be very,
      very well equipped and very well prepared to answer
      any questions that might arise," Negroponte told told
      the White House press corps.
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