Hagel confirmation hearing set for Jan. 31

Hagel will face a skeptical crowd of former Senate colleagues. The hearing will likely be the first that Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeSenate teeing up Mattis waiver Lawmakers play nice at Russia hacking hearing Senate chairman meets Trump’s EPA nominee MORE (R-Okla.) presides over as the top Republican on the Armed Services panel. Inhofe was the latest Republican senator to state his opposition to Hagel on Tuesday.

Another three committee members, Sens. Roger WickerRoger WickerTrump, GOP set to battle on spending cuts Senate confirms first nominees of Trump era Senate gears up for battle over Trump's CIA pick MORE (R-Miss.), David VitterDavid VitterLobbying World Bottom Line Republicans add three to Banking Committee MORE (R-La.) and Ted CruzTed CruzTrump's America: Businessmen in, bureaucrats out When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it Booker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals MORE (R-Texas), have all said they are voting against Hagel.

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The former Nebraska senator can also expect a grilling from Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamRyan: ‘No evidence’ of mass voter fraud as Trump claimed Graham to Trump: Stop alleging voter fraud Live coverage: Trump budget chief faces two Senate panels MORE (S.C.), and some Democrats on the committee — particularly Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWomen's marches draw huge crowds as Trump takes office Lawmakers join women's marches in DC and nationwide Women's march takes over DC MORE (N.Y.) and Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalSenate committee approves Commerce nominee GOP eyes new push to break up California court Meet Trump's secret weapon on infrastructure MORE (Conn.) — have also indicated they have issues with Hagel’s past statements.

While Hagel faces the toughest confirmation fight of the president’s three national security Cabinet picks, he will be the first to have his confirmation hearing.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has scheduled the confirmation for President Obama’s CIA nominee John Brennan on Feb. 7, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has not scheduled a hearing for its chairman, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the president’s nominee for secretary of State.