Government Matters Logo
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages
Anthony Capaccio, defense reporter at Bloomberg, discusses Patrick Shanahan’s nomination for Secretary of Defense, and how the confirmation hearings may proceed.

Patrick Shanahan was officially nominated for Secretary of Defense last week, after serving in an acting role since January.  While the nomination was a long time coming, it’s not a done deal. Anthony Capaccio, defense reporter at Bloomberg, says that Shanahan was the only viable choice for the role, but he should expect new lines of questioning from the Senate.

 

“He was the last man standing. There were no viable candidates, and that IG report was a slam dunk of vindication… It gives him a lot of top cover and insulates him from a lot of partisan criticism. He will be grilled more heavily now on his policy knowledge gained over 22 months to see how much he’s absorbed,” Capaccio said. “For one thing, they’re going to want to grill him a little bit more on whether the recusal process that has been set up is going to insulate him or handcuff him from being an effective manager. Sen. Jack Reed in a statement after the IG report came out signaled that will be a line of questioning. How much can he do with the recusal process that has been set up?”

Share This
Where to Watch
  • WJLA 24/7 News
    Weeknights at 8 PM and 11 PM on WJLA 24/7
  • ABC7
    Sunday Mornings at 10:30 AM on ABC7
  • AFN American Forces Network
    Worldwide on American Forces Network
Sponsored

Government Matters: Inside Redstone Part 2

Watch Part 2 of Government Matters' Inside Redstone on demand now presented by Deloitte and Dell Technologies.
More
May 2019
M T W T F S S
« Apr    
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  
Our Brands
  • Government Matters Logo
  • Government Matters Defense
  • Government Matters Thought Leadership Network