GOP senator: Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics'

GOP senator: Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics'
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Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump Hillicon Valley: New FTC chief eyes shake up of tech regulation | Lawmakers target Google, Huawei partnership | Microsoft employees voice anger over ICE contract Lawmakers urge Google to drop partnership with Chinese phone maker Huawei MORE (R-Ark.) on Sunday tore into Democrats who have come out against Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOfficial: US to present North Korea with timeline, 'specific asks' Afghan ceasefires offer hope for a peaceful future Pompeo: Trump likely to meet with Putin in 'not-too-distant future' MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Fallon responds to Trump: I'll donate to pro-immigrant nonprofit in his name South Carolina GOP candidate expected to make full recovery after car accident Official: US to present North Korea with timeline, 'specific asks' MORE's nominee for secretary of State, saying that their opposition is "driven 100 percent by politics."

"The Democrats, especially on the Foreign Relations Committee, are really engaged in shameful political behavior," Cotton said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"Most of these Democrats don't have a problem with Mike Pompeo," he added. "They are still struggling to get over the election of Donald Trump in 2016."


Pompeo, the current CIA director, has garnered stiff opposition in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Each of the panel's 10 Democratic members and Republican Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senators call for probe of federal grants on climate change Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Key ObamaCare groups in limbo | Opioids sending thousands of kids into foster care | House passes bill allowing Medicaid to pay for opioid treatments US watchdog: 'We failed' to stem Afghan opium production MORE (Ky.) have come out against his nomination.

Even without a favorable referral from the committee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFive things to know about efforts to repeal Obama's water rule Mulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation Senate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays MORE (R-Ky.) can still bring Pompeo's nomination to a vote on the Senate floor.

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCorker: 'I think there's a jailbreak brewing' in opposition to Trump tariffs GOP scrambles to regain fiscal credibility with House budget On 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 MORE (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that the Democratic opposition to Pompeo was purely partisan and insisted that he would have received a favorable referral from the panel if the political landscape was less tense.

"Under ordinary times, he would be confirmed overwhelmingly," Corker said. "Secretary [Hillary] Clinton had one negative vote when she came through. [Former Secretary of State] John KerryJohn Forbes KerryShould President Trump, like President Obama, forsake human rights in pursuit of the deal with a tyrant? GOP Senate report says Obama officials gave Iran access to US financial system Democrats conflicted over how hard to hit Trump on Iran MORE had no negative votes when he came through committee."