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Charles Freeman is Under the Bus

From Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair’s office:, via Spencer Akerman [1]:

Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair announced today that Ambassador Charles W. Freeman Jr. has requested that his selection to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council not proceed. Director Blair accepted Ambassador Freeman’s decision with regret.

Hat tip:  Michelle [2].

Addendum I:

Now that the heavy lifting has been done, Senator Chuckles, a/k/a Charles Schumer (D-NY [3]) wants to horn in and claim the credit,  Greg Sergeant [4]:

Schumer Takes Credit For Getting Chas Freeman Ousted

Chuck Schumer’s office sends over a statement from the Senator himself, saying he’s the one who got Chas Freeman dumped from the post of National Intelligence Council chief:

Sure Chuck!  If you believe Chuckles, I’ve got some nice Arizona beach front property for you.

Addendum II:

Jennifer Rubin, Commentary Magazine [5], throws Chuckles under her bus:

Chuck Schumer is taking “credit” for the withdrawal of the Freeman nomination. It is an interesting tactic to consult with the White House, have the White House deny knowledge of the controversy, and then send Admiral Blair to the Hill to defend Freeman, and then pull the nomination. Perhaps Schumer can share in greater detail.

Your move Chuck.