New evidence has emerged that a 2008 address to the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) by former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, was in fact a formal speech, contrary to the claims of the Obama administration. Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) provided Breitbart News with a still image of what the IPT says is Hagel addressing the ADC conference behind a podium with the group’s logo. Hagel was described as the event’s keynote speaker.
Video or text of the speech is thought to exist but has yet to be found or provided. A reporter from the Washington Free Beacon was told by the ADC that the speech is in an archive, but that it was unavailable. The ADC reportedly responded to further requests for information about the speech by accusing the Free Beacon of racism and indicating that it had reported the Free Beacon to “authorities.” The ADC also failed to turn over IRS 990 forms, according to the Free Beacon, which are meant to be publicly available upon request.