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 CottonEx-Rep. Abby Finkenauer running for Senate in Iowa Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Republicans raise concerns about Olympians using digital yuan during Beijing Games MORE (R-Ark.) on Sunday tore into Democrats who have come out against Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE, President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix 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 PaulGOP Rep. Cawthorn says he wants to 'prosecute' Fauci Writer: Fauci, Paul clash shouldn't distract from probe into COVID-19 origins S.E. Cupp: 'The politicization of science and health safety has inarguably cost lives' MORE (Ky.) have come out against his nomination.

Even without a favorable referral from the committee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse Democrats grow frustrated as they feel ignored by Senate Democrats question GOP shift on vaccines Has Trump beaten the system? MORE (R-Ky.) can still bring Pompeo's nomination to a vote on the Senate floor.

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  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 KerryEquilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — Clean power repurposes dirty power No. 2 State Department official to travel to China amid tensions US and Germany launch climate partnership MORE had no negative votes when he came through committee."