Clinton advises Pompeo to stop ‘purge’ at State Dept.

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonImpeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP GOP divided over impeachment trial strategy 'Too Far Left' hashtag trends on Twitter MORE said Wednesday she recently urged Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoImpeachment battle looms over must-pass defense bill Five takeaways from ex-ambassador's dramatic testimony Pompeo: No US response ruled out in Hong Kong MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE's pick to lead the State Department, to retain senior career officials to handle global crises should he be confirmed.

Clinton, who served as secretary of State from 2009-2013 under former President Obama, said during an event in Michigan that she warned Pompeo against a "purge" of experienced administration officials when he called her recently.

"I told him that I thought he should take a hard look at retaining career diplomats who could advise him. Because you never know what might happen. You never know where the next hot spot or crisis will happen," Clinton said.

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Clinton said she was "deeply concerned" over the mass exodus of "some of the most qualified foreign service officers" over the past year and a half under recently ousted Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonNikki Haley fires the first shot in the GOP's post-Trump war State Dept. watchdog: Official's firing was case of political retaliation Steve Schmidt: 'Overwhelming chance that Trump will dump Pence' for Haley MORE.

Trump nominated Pompeo, the current director of the CIA, to lead the State Department following a reshuffling of senior advisers and Cabinet officials starting last month.

Should he be confirmed to his new post by the Senate, Pompeo would enter a State Department rocked by a departmentwide restructuring proposal and push by Tillerson for steep budget cuts.

Tillerson, who saw the department's entire senior administrative team resign when Trump took office, led the State Department for a little over a year.

Clinton said Wednesday she was "happy" to speak with Pompeo, who had once grilled her before a House committee hearing over the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

The Senate will begin confirmation hearings for Pompeo on Thursday.