Feinstein comes out against Pompeo for secretary of State

Feinstein comes out against Pompeo for secretary of State
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinThis week: Senate tries to avoid landmines on massive spending bill Dems to challenge Kavanaugh for White House records Democrats question if Kavanaugh lied about work on terrorism policy MORE (D-Calif.) said on Tuesday that she opposes CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTwo men arrested for allegedly spying for Iran in US China moves to keep buying Iranian oil despite US sanctions: report US-Russia cooperation could ensure safer repatriation of Syrian refugees MORE’s nomination to be secretary of State.

“I sense a certain disdain for diplomacy in Mike Pompeo that I believe disqualifies him from being our next senior diplomat,” Feinstein said in a press release. “I urge President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE to nominate someone capable of proudly representing all of America in the pursuit of peace.”

Feinstein said that she was concerned about Pompeo’s past statements about Muslims and the LGBT community and thinks that the secretary of State should be “committed to diplomacy and view war as a last resort.”

She attacked Pompeo for his opposition to multilateral negotiations with Iran that later led to the Iran nuclear deal, which Pompeo said he “looked forward to rolling back.”

President Trump abruptly fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last month and announced Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman, as his replacement.

With Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain15 senators miss votes despite McConnell's criticism of absentees What crime did Manafort allegedly commit? Primary challenge to Trump? It could help him in 2020 MORE (R-Ariz.) in Arizona battling cancer and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPaul seeks to cut off Planned Parenthood funds via massive spending bill Arizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Trump plays 'quick round of golf' with Rand Paul in New Jersey MORE (R-Ky.) saying he will vote "no", Pompeo would need at least one Democrat and all remaining Republicans in the Senate to back his confirmation.

Republicans and Trump have targeted a number of red-state Democrats who are vulnerable in the upcoming midterm elections and might vote for Trump’s nominee to win favor with Trump supporters in their districts.

Feinstein, however, is facing a primary challenge from the left in California but is unlikely to get a difficult Republican challenger in November's midterms.

Even though a substantial number of Democrats backed Pompeo during his confirmation to be CIA director, he has yet to receive a single Democrat’s commitment to vote for his confirmation in Foggy Bottom.

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDem senator: We will be in a 'banana republic' if Trump pardons Manafort 'and gets away with it' Senate gets to work in August — but many don’t show up Former Teacher of the Year wins Connecticut primary MORE (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Monday that he will vote against Pompeo’s confirmation because of his hawkish record that would prioritize military solutions over diplomatic solutions.

Murphy’s opposition makes it harder for the committee to report him out favorably.