Graham: Pompeo will be confirmed

Graham: Pompeo will be confirmed
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell Overnight Defense: Second Trump-Kim summit planned for next month | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking Afghanistan trip plans | Pentagon warns of climate threat to bases | Trump faces pressure to reconsider Syria exit Dem calls for Cohen to testify before Senate panel over explosive report MORE (R-S.C.) said on Monday that CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Second Trump-Kim summit planned for next month | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking Afghanistan trip plans | Pentagon warns of climate threat to bases | Trump faces pressure to reconsider Syria exit Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation Trump to meet with top North Korean official to discuss 'fully verified' denuclearization MORE will be confirmed as secretary of State despite a growing number of Democrats coming out against his nomination.

"He will pass. ... He understands the threats of the world better than anybody. He’s a former Army officer, member of Congress, very sharp guy. But he will be secretary of State," Graham told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

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Pompeo has an uphill path to confirmation.

Republicans hold a narrow 51-seat majority. With GOP Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPressure mounts for Trump to reconsider Syria withdrawal House Republicans call for moving State of the Union to Senate chamber GOP rep: 'Rand Paul is giving the president bad advice' on Afghanistan and Syria MORE (Ky.) opposed and Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal Bipartisan senators reintroduce bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO Mark Kelly considering Senate bid as Arizona Dems circle McSally MORE (R-Ariz.) absent while he battles brain cancer, Pompeo will need the support of at least one Democratic senator to be confirmed.

Thirteen Democrats and independent Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingSen. Angus King begins treatment for prostate cancer GOP senators challenge Trump on shutdown strategy Will Trump declare an emergency tonight? Only he knows for sure MORE (Maine) supported Pompeo to be CIA director. Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineSenate GOP blocks bill to reopen Homeland Security The Hill's Morning Report — Nasty shutdown fight gets nastier DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown MORE (D-Va.) and Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzDem senators debate whether to retweet Cardi B video criticizing Trump over shutdown Cardi B expresses solidarity with federal workers not getting paid Action on climate and energy: Beyond partisan talking points MORE (D-Hawaii) have said they will vote against his State Department nomination.

Graham predicted that red-state Democrats including Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate rejects government-wide ban on abortion funding Centrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter Bipartisan group of senators will urge Trump to reopen government for 3 weeks MORE (W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOn The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction Gary Cohn criticizes the shutdown: 'Completely wrong' EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks MORE (N.D.) would still support Pompeo.

But with Paul opposed and Republicans holding one-seat advantage on the Foreign Relations Committee, Pompeo could fail to get a favorable vote by the committee.

"I've never been more disappointed in my Democratic colleagues on the Foreign Relations Committee," Graham said.

Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerThe Memo: Romney moves stir worries in Trump World Senate GOP names first female members to Judiciary panel Former US special envoy to anti-ISIS coalition joins Stanford University as lecturer MORE (R-Tenn.) has said he hopes to have the panel's vote on Pompeo next week. He's also signaled that Pompeo's nomination will be sent to the Senate floor even if he doesn't win over a majority of the committee.