Official: Iraq envoy nominee withdraws amid controversy
June 18th, 2012
03:36 PM ET

Official: Iraq envoy nominee withdraws amid controversy

Brett McGurk, President Obama's pick to be the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, has withdrawn from consideration following revelations about questionable conduct, an administration official said Monday.

The personal conduct of McGurk (pictured) came under intense scrutiny since flirtatious e-mails exchanged with Wall Street Journal reporter Gina Chon were made public.

The e-mails appear to show that the two carried on an affair while they were stationed in Baghdad in 2008. They later married.

Chon recently resigned her position at the newspaper in the wake of the controversy.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. ♚Mmmmm♛

    someone helpmie...I'm not getting this...emails to someone whom you are having an affair...wwhatt's the problem???

    June 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Were they married to other people at the time?
    Because it says now that they married later...I'm not getting it...if they were UN married at the time, I see no problem....yeesh!

    June 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanirty "

    At the rate Iraq's complacency over it's own security has been lately, it almost doesn't matter who Mr. Obama, "picks" to be the U.S. Ambassador in Iraq, when it's almost is certain they will wind up killed anyways.
    Drooling over emails and jpegs. Maybe this guy should be executed for being only human? Obama could send Jesus over there, and somebody would still whine.

    June 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. oldschoolmorals

    i read extra-marital affair somewhere else

    June 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ♚Mmmmm♛

    trully can you be trustworthy and lack integrity within your spousal relationship?

    June 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    So they later married??? To each other? If so whats the big fat furry deal? Guess we kinda need a few more facts here!

    June 18, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CLT

    We know how perfect the reds are....

    June 19, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |