Raising concerns about former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary, Sen. Bob Corker said Sunday the former Nebraska senator’s temperament should be explored in his confirmation hearings.
“There are number of staffers who are coming forth now just talking about how he dealt with them,” Corker said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, said the Senate hearings should consider Hagel’s management skills and determine whether he’d be capable of running the Pentagon.
Corker said Hagel called him last week.
“He’s coming in to see me next week, this is going to be a whole process,” Corker said.
Corker said he wants to review all of the issues that have been raised about Hagel.
“I certainly have concerns moving forward. They’re not disqualifying concerns,” Corker said.
Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), appearing on the same program, defended Hagel’s temperament.
“Chuck has the wherewithal and the ability to speak truth to power,” Reed said.