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 CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonGOP senators condemn 'vulgar' messages directed at Collins over Kavanaugh GOP turns its fire on Google Overnight Defense: Trump denies report he's looking at Mattis replacements | Inhofe officially gets Armed Services gavel | Trump revives shutdown threat MORE (R-Ark.) on Sunday tore into Democrats who have come out against Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Air Force outlines plan for biggest force since end of Cold War | Trump admin slashes refugee cap | Mattis accuses Russia of meddling in Macedonia's NATO bid Hillicon Valley: Elon Musk sued by diver from Thai cave rescue | Researchers find new malware family | FEMA delays new presidential alert test Trump administration to cut refugee admissions to 30K for 2019 MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president 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 PaulSome employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump says Dems inflated Puerto Rico death toll | House cancels Friday votes | Florence starts to hit coast The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Facing major hurricane, Trump is tested MORE (Ky.) have come out against his nomination.

Even without a favorable referral from the committee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMurkowski echoes calls for Kavanaugh, accuser to testify McConnell rips Democrats for handling of Kavanaugh nomination Kavanaugh furor intensifies as calls for new testimony grow MORE (R-Ky.) can still bring Pompeo's nomination to a vote on the Senate floor.

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerMurkowski echoes calls for Kavanaugh, accuser to testify Kavanaugh, accuser to testify publicly on Monday Kavanaugh furor intensifies as calls for new testimony grow 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 Forbes KerryPompeo doubles down on criticism of Kerry: The Iran deal failed, 'let it go' John Kerry: Trump has ‘the insecurity of a teenage girl’ Kerry: Trump should be worried about Manafort talking to Mueller, not me talking to Iranians MORE had no negative votes when he came through committee."