Senate Dem: Colleagues 'actively reconsidering' support for Pompeo

Senate Dem: Colleagues 'actively reconsidering' support for Pompeo
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Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzOvernight Energy: Warren bill would force companies to disclose climate impacts | Green group backs Gillum in Florida gov race | Feds to open refuge near former nuke site Warren wants companies to disclose more about climate change impacts Congress just failed our nation’s veterans when it comes to medical marijuana MORE (D-Hawaii) said Tuesday that some of his colleagues are rethinking their support for CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoRosenstein report gives GOP new ammo against DOJ Pompeo rejects ‘good cop, bad cop’ characterization of Russia strategy Pompeo: 'Enormous mistake' for Iran to blame US, allies for attack on military parade MORE, who has been picked by President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser 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.”

Trump announced on Tuesday morning that Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Pompeo working to rebuild ties with US diplomats: report NYT says it was unfair on Haley curtain story 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 CorkerPoll: More voters oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination than support it Ford opens door to testifying next week Police arrest nearly two dozen Kavanaugh protesters 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.

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.