Video J Street tried to keep from the Senate: Chuck Hagel's anti-Israel address to J Street in October 2009refusing to provide the Senate Armed Services Committee with video of former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel speaking to the group in 2009.
Senators were tipped off that Hagel departed from his prepared remarks and made controversial comments to the J Street Conference. In exchanges with Senate Armed Services Committee staff, J Street volunteered the prepared remarks and said it decided not to provide the complete video for fear that Hagel’s remarks would be taken out of context.
I'm not sure how extraordinary it is given that President Hussein Obama has never provided the Khalidi video. But I found the video and it is embedded at the bottom of this post.It is extraordinary that any group would deny material relevant to a confirmation hearing, especially in the case of public remarks on a highly relevant topic. Moreover, for J Street to, in essence, accuse the Senate of potentially mishandling evidence is jaw-dropping.
The full prepared remarks for that speech are here.
And here's the speech.
Let's go to the videotape.
I'm watching this speech with you, and I'm also downloading it so that it cannot be lost.