Pompeo to get nomination hearing Thursday
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CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump directs Pentagon to create 'Space Force' | Lawmakers say new branch needs their approval | Senate passes 6B defense policy bill | Pentagon suspends planning for 'war game' with South Korea Pompeo: China's calls for trade openness, globalization 'a joke' A mandate for change in Armenia MORE will appear before a key Senate panel next week as part of his nomination to be secretary of State. 

 
The hearing is a first step in the Senate's consideration of Pompeo's nomination to the position. 
 
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Pompeo met with Corker before Congress left for a two-week break. Several aides for Democratic members of the committee told The Hill on Friday that their bosses are scheduled to meet with him next week. 

Pompeo was expected to get a hearing this month. Corker said immediately following Pompeo's nomination that the two had a "very good conversation" and the committee would "consider his nomination as expeditiously as possible."

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate passes 6B defense bill This week: House GOP caught in immigration limbo Amendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP MORE (R-Ky.) has already said he will oppose Pompeo's nomination, complicating his path to a Senate floor vote. 
 
Republicans have a one-seat advantage on the panel. If every Democrat opposes him, it would result in a 10-11 vote.  
 
But Corker has hinted that he would move the nomination to the floor anyway, while urging reporters to let the situation "play out." 
 
 
Trump removed Rex Tillerson as secretary of State last month, naming Pompeo to succeed him.