Flake undecided on Pompeo's State nomination

Flake undecided on Pompeo's State nomination
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcSally ties Democratic rival Kelly to Sanders in new ad McSally launches 2020 campaign Sinema will vote to convict Trump MORE (R-Ariz.) said on Tuesday that he is undecided on CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHillicon Valley: Agencies play catch-up over TikTok security concerns | Senate Dems seek sanctions on Russia over new election meddling | Pentagon unveils AI principles Senate Democrats urge Trump administration to impose sanctions on Russia for election interference President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks MORE's nomination to lead the State Department.

"I'm still waiting for some information from him," Flake told reporters after a closed-door lunch meeting, after he was asked if he had made a decision.

Flake's indecision comes as Pompeo is already facing opposition from one Republican senator: Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCongress set for clash over surveillance reforms Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Pelosi names first-ever House whistleblower ombudsman director MORE (Ky.). 


Republicans hold a fragile 51-seat majority in the Senate. With Paul's opposition and Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' GOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman Overnight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed MORE (R-Ariz.) absent, they are already one vote shy of the 50 they need to let Vice President Pence break a tie.

If Flake, who supported Pompeo's nomination to be CIA director, ultimately votes against him, that would require that Pompeo pick up at least two Democratic votes in order to be confirmed.

Flake added separately that he wants to talk again with Pompeo before making a decision.

"I have a couple of concerns I’m waiting to hear on," he told NBC News.

No Democratic senator has said they will support Pompeo.

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerMcConnell, Romney vie for influence over Trump's trial RNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight MORE (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said on Tuesday that he hopes to fit in both a committee vote and full Senate vote next week before lawmakers leave for a weeklong recess.