Former senior government officials come out in support of Pompeo

Former senior government officials come out in support of Pompeo
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A bipartisan group of former senior government officials expressed their support of CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSenate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting Pence, Pompeo urged Trump to clarify Russia remarks: report Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash MORE for secretary of State in a letter Wednesday.

The letter, addressed to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash Trump seeks to quell Russia furor MORE (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezCNN anchors break into laughter over comedian's alleged prank call to Trump Comedian claims he tricked Trump while impersonating Dem senator Schumer: Obama 'very amenable' to helping Senate Dems in midterms MORE (D-N.J.), was signed by 30 national security experts. It comes a day ahead of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Thursday confirmation hearing for Pompeo.

Keith Alexander, the former director of the National Security Agency under President George W. Bush and President Obama; former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former chief counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Jamil Jaffer and former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersFormer Intel panel chairman says Trump betrayed US intelligence community Trump and Putin should be talking about cyber weapons and social media instead of nuclear weapons Congress takes smart steps to make space launch reusability the norm MORE (R-Mich.) tout Pompeo's qualifications and express concerns about the current state of the department in the letter.

"Internally, the Department faces uncertainty about its place and its future with a hiring freeze, a pending reorganization, and a concern about its place in the national security process," they wrote.

"We all firmly believe the Department of State plays a crucial role in the national security process and that Director Pompeo is in a unique position to bring the Department back to a place where it can play its historically central role in this process," the letter continued.

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The group said they think Pompeo could bring stability to the State Department, arguing he will work "diligently to restore the Department of State to its rightful place" if confirmed.

"When Director Pompeo arrived at CIA in January 2017, he faced an anxious workforce," the letter reads. "A major reorganization had just occurred at CIA and some of its personnel questioned what direction the new Director and the new President would take them. Director Pompeo quickly took the pulse of the building, determined what was working and what wasn’t and moved forward smartly."

While Pompeo coasted through the nomination process for his current post, receiving 66 votes in the upper chamber, his road to succeeding former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonUS steps up its game in Africa, a continent open for business Matt Drudge shares mock ‘Survivor’ cover suggesting more White House officials will leave this summer 'Daily Show' trolls Trump over Pruitt's resignation MORE is expected to be more difficult.

A number of Democrats who previously voted in favor of Pompeo, including Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race Green Day's 'American Idiot' climbs UK charts ahead of Trump visit MORE (D-Va.) and Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenDem lawmaker calls on House to subpoena American translator from Trump-Putin meeting Senate adds members to pro-NATO group Dem senator: Trump-Putin translator should tell Congress what was said MORE (D-N.H.), have expressed concerns over his hawkish policy positions.