Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Pelosi says no to Hastings heading up intelligence committee
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi, D-California, will not name Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Florida, the new chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, a Democratic aide tells CNN.
Pelosi met with Hastings earlier Tuesday to inform him he will not be named chairman, the aide said.
Hastings has served on the committee for seven years, but was a controversial potential choice. He was impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate who removed him as a federal judge in 1989 -- though he was acquitted in court on bribery charges.
Hastings was subsequently elected to Congress in 1992.
Pelosi has already indicated she will not hand the chairmanship to Rep. Jane Harman of California -- the current ranking Democrat on the committee.
Reps. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, Sanford Bishop of Georgia, Norm Dicks of Washington, and Rush Holt of New Jersey remain in the running for the intelligence post.
-- CNN's Andrea Koppel and Deirdre Walsh
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