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Excerpted from The Washington Free Beacon: The University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) is refusing Congress access to an archive of materials related to embattled secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel, according to correspondence obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Congressional staff attempted to gain access to the university’s archive following failed attempts by reporters to view the material, which includes speeches and remarks made by the former Republican Nebraska senator.

University officials maintain that Hagel himself would have to grant access to the archives.

A media relations coordinator at UNO told a congressional official late Friday that access would not be granted to those who hold proper national security clearance, according to emails obtained by the Free Beacon.

Reporters and congressional officials have attempted to access the archive in recent weeks in order to ensure that Hagel has been fully vetted before the Senate votes on his nomination.

“If there are concerns that the archives hold sensitive national security information, can you let me know if the university’s facilities are currently authorized by the U.S. government to hold classified information?” asked the congressional official. “Our congressional investigations staff hold the appropriate clearances to review such information if indeed classified.”

The media relations coordinator told the official no access would be granted until a certified archivist had finished fully codifying the material.

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