Senate panel to hold Pompeo nomination hearing next month

Senate panel to hold Pompeo nomination hearing next month
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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerWhat Trump’s NATO defense plan would mean for the US Overnight Health Care: Watchdog finds Tom Price improperly used funds on flights | Ex-Novartis CEO sent drug pricing proposal to Cohen | HHS staffers depart after controversial social media posts HHS staffers depart after controversial social media posts: report MORE (R-Tenn.) said on Tuesday that his panel is planning to hold a hearing next month for CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: Talks with North Korea on returning war dead ‘productive and cooperative’ Trump: Why isn’t ‘fake news’ talking about North Korea? Trump’s arms export rules will undermine US security and risk human rights abuses MORE'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.

Though the State Department shake-up has been rumored for months, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE's announcement early Tuesday morning appears to have taken Washington by surprise.

"Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to 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 for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all," Trump said in a tweet.

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Pompeo netted the support of 14 Democrats and independent Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingHillicon Valley: Hacker tried to sell military docs on dark web | Facebook fined over Cambridge Analytica | US closer to lifting ZTE ban | Trump, Obama lose followers in Twitter purge | DOJ weighs appeal on AT&T merger Senators press federal election officials on state cybersecurity 'Paws for Celebration' event brings rescue animals to the Capitol MORE (Maine) in January 2017, when he was confirmed to his current post as CIA director in a 66-32 vote.

Because of the Senate's schedule, any confirmation hearing will need to occur after April 9.

Congress is expected to leave town for a two-week recess on March 23.