Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSchumer’s complications to multiply in subsequent Congress GOP pollster says Republicans might break with Trump on Saudi Arabia In a single day Protection: Trump says 15,000 troops might deploy to frame | Mattis insists deployment shouldn’t be ‘stunt’ | Pompeo requires Yemen peace talks in November MORE (R-Ky.) is gradual strolling President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeath toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 48: authorities Graham backs invoice to guard Mueller Denham loses GOP seat in California MORE‘s counterterrorism nominee, whose nomination has languished within the Senate for months.
Paul has positioned a maintain on Joseph Maguire’s nomination to be director of the Nationwide Counterterrorism Heart, two Senate sources instructed The Hill on Wednesday.
Paul’s maintain, which has not been publicly introduced, prevents the Senate from voting on Maguire’s nomination until Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham backs invoice to guard Mueller Grassley defends performing AG towards requires recusal Former staffers push Congress for motion on sexual harassment measure MORE (R-Ky.) decides to dedicate days of Senate ground time to getting him round procedural hurdles.
But when the administration needs to get him confirmed by the top of the present session of Congress, after which they are going to seemingly be pressured to renominate him to the place, they will have to work rapidly.
The Senate is scheduled to be on the town for lower than a month earlier than leaving for the 12 months. They are going to be out of city subsequent week earlier than returning on Nov. 26 and are anticipated to recess till January starting on Dec. 14.
It is unclear when Paul positioned his maintain. A Senate supply instructed The Hill that management was attempting to get Maguire confirmed earlier than lawmakers left city for an abbreviated August recess however could not get Paul to log off.
Dozens of nominations are usually cleared by unanimous consent or voice vote earlier than a serious break however anyone particular person senator can block the request below Senate guidelines.
Republicans have repeatedly lashed out at Democrats accusing them of slow-walking Trump’s nominees. When McConnell introduced he was cancelling many of the August recess, he pointed the blame at Democrats’ “historic obstruction” on nominations.
“We have got this backlog of nominations, actually we anticipate and hope to have much less obstruction on these, however I have been hoping for that for fairly a while and it hasn’t occurred but,” he mentioned on the time.
Maguire cleared the Senate Intelligence Committee in July. He has the backing of committee chairman, Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSenate panel seeks interview with Steve Bannon, lawyer says Dems can use subpoena energy to reclaim the mantle of populism Collusion judgment looms for key Senate panel MORE (R-N.C.), who tweeted after a committee listening to on the nomination that he is “extremely certified” and can “profit the Intel Group and the protection of our nation.”
Trump introduced in June that he would nominate Maguire for the put up. He was beforehand deputy director for strategic operations on the counterterrorism middle. He retired from the Navy in 2010.
A spokesman for Paul did not instantly reply to a request for remark in regards to the maintain.
Paul has opposed different intelligence neighborhood officers, together with a high-profile battle over CIA director Gina Haspel, and his views on privateness and surveillance put him at odds with a bulk of the Senate GOP caucus.
He is not the one Republican senator blocking an intelligence neighborhood nominee.
Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyPavlich: The place is Brett Kavanaugh’s apology? Grassley defends performing AG towards requires recusal Feinstein requests Senate hearings with Whitaker, Periods MORE (R-Iowa) introduced in June that he would maintain up William Evanina, Trump’s decide to be the director of nationwide counterintelligence and safety middle as a result of the intelligence neighborhood has not responded to congressional inquiries in a well timed matter.
Grassley, in response to the Senate’s government calendar, nonetheless has a maintain on Evanina.