Pompeo to get nomination hearing Thursday
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CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo blasts media coverage of Trump foreign policy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Trump's tax return bombshell US says it will leave Baghdad embassy if Iraq doesn't rein in attacks: report MORE will appear before a key Senate panel next week as part of his nomination to be secretary of State. 

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerHas Congress captured Russia policy? Tennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans Cheney clashes with Trump MORE (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, announced that he will hold a hearing on Thursday. 
 
The hearing is a first step in the Senate's consideration of Pompeo's nomination to the position. 
 
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Pompeo met with Corker before Congress left for a two-week break. Several aides for Democratic members of the committee told The Hill on Friday that their bosses are scheduled to meet with him next week. 

Pompeo was expected to get a hearing this month. Corker said immediately following Pompeo's nomination that the two had a "very good conversation" and the committee would "consider his nomination as expeditiously as possible."

 
Republicans have a one-seat advantage on the panel. If every Democrat opposes him, it would result in a 10-11 vote.  
 
But Corker has hinted that he would move the nomination to the floor anyway, while urging reporters to let the situation "play out." 
 
 
Trump removed Rex Tillerson as secretary of State last month, naming Pompeo to succeed him.