FBI Background Check Slows Shanahan Confirmation, Dredges Up Domestic Dispute

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02: U.S. acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (2nd L) listens to President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Cabinet Room at the ... WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02: U.S. acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (2nd L) listens to President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Cabinet Room at the White House April 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. On the 70th anniversary of NATO, Trump and Stoltenberg discussed the trans-Atlantic alliance's successes and its 'evolving challenges,' according to the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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June 18, 2019 11:12 a.m.

Acting Secretary of State Patrick Shanahan’s FBI background check is reportedly slowing his confirmation process, also dredging up details of a domestic violence dispute with his ex-wife which resulted in her arrest.

The Senate Armed Services Committee initially had his confirmation hearing planned for Tuesday, June 18. It has been postponed to July 11, according to Yahoo News. It is not clear that the domestic violence episode in particular is slowing the FBI background process.

Shanahan begged off questions about the incident via a spokesperson.

“Before his divorce, Pat Shanahan’s ex-wife was arrested and charged for domestic violence. Shanahan asked for the charges to be dropped for the sake of his family and asks that this remain a private matter,” the spokesperson told Yahoo.

Shanahan still has not been formally nominated, and rumors are flying that President Donald Trump may be growing cold on his choice.

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