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Senate panel to hold Pompeo nomination hearing next month

Senate panel to hold Pompeo nomination hearing next month
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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (R-Tenn.) said on Tuesday that his panel is planning to hold a hearing next month for CIA Director Mike PompeoMike PompeoNikki Haley warns Republicans on China: 'If they take Taiwan, it's all over' The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters RNC's McDaniel launches podcast highlighting Republicans outside of Washington MORE'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.

Though the State Department shake-up has been rumored for months, President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos MORE's announcement early Tuesday morning appears to have taken Washington by surprise.

"Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonHouse passes legislation to elevate cybersecurity at the State Department Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet With salami-slicing and swarming tactics, China's aggression continues MORE for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all," Trump said in a tweet.

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Pompeo netted the support of 14 Democrats and independent Sen. Angus KingAngus KingOn The Money: Yellen, Powell brush off inflation fears | Fed keeps rates steady, upgrades growth projections GOP rep: If Biden doesn't evacuate Afghan interpreters, 'blood will be on his hands' Bipartisan infrastructure group grows to 20 senators MORE (Maine) in January 2017, when he was confirmed to his current post as CIA director in a 66-32 vote.

Because of the Senate's schedule, any confirmation hearing will need to occur after April 9.

Congress is expected to leave town for a two-week recess on March 23.