(WASHINGTON) — As a former national security staffer for President George W. Bush, President Obama’s nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Brett McGurk, was supposed to garner bipartisan support for his confirmation. But leaked emails of McGurk wooing a female Wall Street Journal reporter — referencing favors of access and information — have alarmed many senators on the Foreign Relations Committee, sources tell ABC News.
“Overnight, support for him has cratered,” says a Republican staffer on the committee.
Already, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Olka., canceled a meeting with McGurk over this and another allegation, refusing to get together until the nominee answers questions about these emails and what they mean.
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