Senate Dem: Colleagues 'actively reconsidering' support for Pompeo

Senate Dem: Colleagues 'actively reconsidering' support for Pompeo
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Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzHillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Democratic senators urge regulators to investigate Instacart over 'tip baiting' The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats slam Trump for threatening to hold Michigan funds MORE (D-Hawaii) said Tuesday that some of his colleagues are rethinking their support for CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBritain and Europe need to step up their support for Hong Kong Take China seriously, not literally Sunday shows preview: Leaders weigh in as country erupts in protest over George Floyd death MORE, who has been picked by President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points 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.”

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Trump announced on Tuesday morning that Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonDemocrats launch probe into Trump's firing of State Department watchdog, Pompeo The Memo: Fauci at odds with Trump on virus The Memo: Speculation grows about Fauci's future 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 CorkerRomney is only GOP senator not on new White House coronavirus task force McConnell, Romney vie for influence over Trump's trial RNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' 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.

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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.