Engel: ‘If I Were Doing the Appointing, I Would Not Appoint Chuck Hagel’

'Trouble,' 'warning bells' with potential Hagel nomination, N.Y. Dem says


Rep. Eliot Engel (D., N.Y.) said he would have "trouble" with the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to Secretary of Defense, and that if it were his decision, he would nominate Hagel, in an interview on C-SPAN'S "Newsmakers."

"I haven't come out in support or opposition (of a Hagel nomination), I would have trouble with it," he said in the interview. "I think there are warning bells and red signals that I would hope that the president would look at."

"I don't do the appointing, the president does. If I were doing the appointing, I would not appoint Chuck Hagel," he went on to say.

Engel is the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.