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 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 PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump identifies first soldier remains from North Korea | New cyber strategy lets US go on offense | Army chief downplays talk of 'Fort Trump' Pompeo backed continued US support in Yemen war over objections from staff: report Pompeo’s staff cracks down on ‘correct use of commas’ at State Dept 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 John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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 TillersonPompeo working to rebuild ties with US diplomats: report NYT says it was unfair on Haley curtain story Rubio defends Haley over curtains story: Example of media pushing bias 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 Stanley KingRestoring our national parks would be a bipartisan win for Congress Restore our parks Renaming Senate office building after McCain sparks GOP backlash 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.