GOP senator: Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics'

GOP senator: Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics'
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Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonRomney-Cotton, a Cancun cabbie and the minimum wage debate On The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears Biden health nominee faces first Senate test MORE (R-Ark.) on Sunday tore into Democrats who have come out against Mike PompeoMike PompeoChina labels human rights criticism 'groundless' Trump to attend private RNC donor retreat On China, is Biden channeling Trump or Trump's administration? They're not the same MORE, President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE's nominee for secretary of State, saying that their opposition is "driven 100 percent by politics."

"The Democrats, especially on the Foreign Relations Committee, are really engaged in shameful political behavior," Cotton said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"Most of these Democrats don't have a problem with Mike Pompeo," he added. "They are still struggling to get over the election of Donald Trump in 2016."


Pompeo, the current CIA director, has garnered stiff opposition in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Each of the panel's 10 Democratic members and Republican Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack Senate confirms Vilsack as Agriculture secretary MORE (Ky.) have come out against his nomination.

Even without a favorable referral from the committee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Murkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo MORE (R-Ky.) can still bring Pompeo's nomination to a vote on the Senate floor.

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerIt's time for Biden's Cuba GOP lawmaker patience runs thin with Trump tactics Former GOP senator: Republicans cannot let Trump's 'reckless' post-election claims stand MORE (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that the Democratic opposition to Pompeo was purely partisan and insisted that he would have received a favorable referral from the panel if the political landscape was less tense.

"Under ordinary times, he would be confirmed overwhelmingly," Corker said. "Secretary [Hillary] Clinton had one negative vote when she came through. [Former Secretary of State] John KerryJohn KerryRecapturing the spirit of Bretton Woods The Iran deal is fragile — here's what the Biden administration can do Republican senators take aim at Paris agreement with new legislation MORE had no negative votes when he came through committee."