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 CottonOn The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions Overnight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (R-Ark.) on Sunday tore into Democrats who have come out against 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, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' 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."

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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 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.) have come out against his nomination.

Even without a favorable referral from the committee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTSA agents protest government shutdown at Pittsburgh airport The case for Russia sanctions Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation MORE (R-Ky.) can still bring Pompeo's nomination to a vote on the Senate floor.

Sen. 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.), 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 KerryGraham criticizes Trump canceling Pelosi trip as 'inappropriate’ Howard Dean to CNN: All Dem candidates qualified to be president except Tulsi Gabbard Not your ‘grandfather’s’ campaign: 2020 Dems look to stand out in crowded race MORE had no negative votes when he came through committee."