Senate Dem: Colleagues 'actively reconsidering' support for Pompeo

Senate Dem: Colleagues 'actively reconsidering' support for Pompeo
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Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzDem senator: 'Stop pretending' law banning separation of migrant families is hard to pass Hillicon Valley: Judge approves AT&T-Time Warner deal in blow to DOJ | Dems renew push to secure state voting systems | Seattle reverses course on tax after Amazon backlash | Trump, senators headed for cyber clash | More Tesla layoffs Dems question FCC's claim of cyberattack during net neutrality comment period MORE (D-Hawaii) said Tuesday that some of his colleagues are rethinking their support for CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoMattis 'not aware' of North Korea taking any steps to denuclearize Tiananmen anniversary a time to revisit China's human rights record The Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by Delta Air Lines - Trump says he will sign 'something' to end family separations MORE, who has been picked by President TrumpDonald John TrumpFamily immigration detention centers could be at capacity within days: report Trump likely to meet with Putin in July: report DOJ requests military lawyers to help prosecute immigration crimes: report MORE to be the next secretary of State. 

“I think there are a number of us who voted for him last time who are actively reconsidering based on his service in the administration,” Schatz told The Washington Post.

“A lot of us gave him the benefit of the doubt. We were told he was going to handle everything on the level and be nonpolitical,” the Hawaii Democrat added. “And it’s not clear that that’s his record at the CIA.”

Trump announced on Tuesday morning that Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump cannot blame policy of separating children on Obama North Korea looked to set up communications back channel through Kushner: report North America wins 2026 bid to host World Cup after lobbying from Trump MORE would be stepping down and Pompeo would be taking over his post.

Fourteen Democrats supported Pompeo when the Senate voted to approve his nomination to run the CIA in early 2017. 

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending Senators hammer Ross over Trump tariffs GOP senator demands details on 'damaging' tariffs MORE (R-Tenn.) said on Tuesday that his panel is planning to hold a hearing next month for CIA Director Mike Pompeo's nomination to lead the State Department.

“I had a very good conversation with Director Pompeo this morning and look forward to meeting with him soon. As I shared with the president, the committee will consider his nomination as expeditiously as possible," Corker said in a statement.

The nomination process for Pompeo could be drawn out, however, according to the Post, which cited leaders of both parties.

The predicted Democratic opposition — on top of the current backlog of nominations in the Senate — could leave the State Department without a leader while the U.S. is preparing to negotiate with North Korea and make changes to the Iran nuclear deal, among other pressing international concerns, the newspaper noted.

Pompeo — who holds views similar to President Trump concerning Iran — might not be confirmed before May 12, when the next round of sanction waivers against Iran are set to be signed, it added.

Trump has threatened to refuse to sign the waivers if France, Germany and the U.K. don’t change the deal to his liking.

Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is also expected to take place in May.