Feinstein comes out against Pompeo for secretary of State

Feinstein comes out against Pompeo for secretary of State
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinOvernight Energy & Environment — Starting from 'scratch' on climate, spending bill Senate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Eight senators ask Biden to reverse course on Trump-era solar tariffs MORE (D-Calif.) said on Tuesday that she opposes CIA Director Mike PompeoMike PompeoUK court should slap down the US Justice Department in the Assange case Sunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion Pence to deliver keynote at fundraising banquet for South Carolina-based pregnancy center MORE’s nomination to be secretary of State.

“I sense a certain disdain for diplomacy in Mike Pompeo that I believe disqualifies him from being our next senior diplomat,” Feinstein said in a press release. “I urge President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer chairman of Wisconsin GOP party signals he will comply with Jan. 6 committee subpoena Overnight Defense & National Security — Pentagon tells Russia to stand down Billionaire GOP donor maxed out to Manchin following his Build Back Better opposition MORE to nominate someone capable of proudly representing all of America in the pursuit of peace.”

Feinstein said that she was concerned about Pompeo’s past statements about Muslims and the LGBT community and thinks that the secretary of State should be “committed to diplomacy and view war as a last resort.”

She attacked Pompeo for his opposition to multilateral negotiations with Iran that later led to the Iran nuclear deal, which Pompeo said he “looked forward to rolling back.”

President Trump abruptly fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last month and announced Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman, as his replacement.

With Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden seeks to ward off second Ukraine-Russia fight Voto Latino CEO: Sinema will have a 'very difficult pathway' in 2024 reelection Meghan McCain rips 'selfish' Sarah Palin for dining out despite COVID-19 diagnosis MORE (R-Ariz.) in Arizona battling cancer and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul praises removal of Neil Young songs from Spotify: 'Seeya' YouTube permanently bans Dan Bongino Conservative pundit says YouTube blocked interview with Rand Paul MORE (R-Ky.) saying he will vote "no", Pompeo would need at least one Democrat and all remaining Republicans in the Senate to back his confirmation.

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Republicans and Trump have targeted a number of red-state Democrats who are vulnerable in the upcoming midterm elections and might vote for Trump’s nominee to win favor with Trump supporters in their districts.

Feinstein, however, is facing a primary challenge from the left in California but is unlikely to get a difficult Republican challenger in November's midterms.

Even though a substantial number of Democrats backed Pompeo during his confirmation to be CIA director, he has yet to receive a single Democrat’s commitment to vote for his confirmation in Foggy Bottom.

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense & National Security — Pentagon tells Russia to stand down Ukraine sent letter to senators seeking specific Russia sanctions, military assistance Senators huddle on Russia sanctions as tensions escalate MORE (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Monday that he will vote against Pompeo’s confirmation because of his hawkish record that would prioritize military solutions over diplomatic solutions.

Murphy’s opposition makes it harder for the committee to report him out favorably.