Cruz Speculates That Hagel May Have Received Money From ‘Radical Or Extreme Groups’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday argued that defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel must turn over further financial disclosure information because it’s possible he received money from or gave speeches to “radical or extreme groups.”

“I will point out that right now this committee knows absolutely nothing about the personal compensation Chuck Hagel received in 2008 and 2009 or 2010,” Cruz said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. “We do not know, for example, if he received compensation for giving paid speeches at extreme or radical groups. In my view, given the two letters he received, it is a fair inference to assume that he and those handling his nomination assembled that information, assembled his compensation, and the only reasonable inference, I think, is when they assembled it, there was something in there that they did not want to make public. It may be that he spoke at radical or extreme groups or anti-israel groups and accepted financial compensation. We don’t know.”

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