July 20, 2017
Every president should have the
opportunity to fill his or her administration with the people they
choose. From positions in agencies across the federal government to vital
national security posts, presidents have the right to pick their
At the current rate of
obstruction, it would take 11 years and 4 months to fill out President
Trump's administration. That would be towards the end of a
third term, which isn't even possible.
That's why I am pleased to have held confirmation hearings for
three vital national security and intelligence posts this week in the
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. As Chairman, I presided over the
vetting of Mr. Robert Storch to be the Inspector General of the
National Security Agency, Ms. Isabel Patelunas to be the Assistant Secretary
of Treasury for Intelligence and Analysis, and Ms. Susan Gordon to be
the Principal Deputy Director of National
These individuals will serve important roles
in protecting our nation's security, and most of their work will go
unnoticed and without thanks. You can read more about the hearing in USA
Today here. I applaud their commitment to their country and thank
them for their willingness to serve.
Now we only have a few
hundred more nominees to go...