Trump’s CIA nominee has hearing delayed

Trump’s CIA nominee has hearing delayed
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE’s nominee for CIA director has had the start of his confirmation hearing delayed one day.

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) will now face the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday, according to a Tuesday announcement from the panel.

A spokeswoman for Intelligence Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Trump Jr. slams Republican committee chairman: 'Too weak to stand up to the Democrats' MORE (R-S.C.) told McClatchy DC that “a mutual accommodation was reached” to bump the hearing. Burr spokeswoman Becca Watkins also said Pompeo had completed a necessary questionnaire and financial disclosures before the announced delay.

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Copies of Pompeo’s paperwork will be posted on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s website early Thursday, Watkins added in an email.

Pompeo will likely face questions about Trump’s plans for the intelligence community during his hearing.

Reports emerged last week that Trump is crafting plans to restructure at least two of the nation’s top intelligence agencies.

Trump reportedly wants staffing cuts at the CIA’s Virginia headquarters and more of its personnel assigned to field posts. The president-elect also wants the office of the director of national intelligence (DNI) to be overhauled.

Trump hopes to shrink the DNI as he believes the agency — which was established in 2004 as a response to the 9/11 terror attacks — is now bloated and politicized.

Pompeo will likely also field questions Thursday about his positions on torture and government surveillance.

Outgoing ranking member Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk Feinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report MORE (D-Calif.), for example, has clashed with Pompeo on "enhanced interrogation techniques" in the past.

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHillicon Valley: Facebook won't remove doctored Pelosi video | Trump denies knowledge of fake Pelosi videos | Controversy over new Assange charges | House Democrats seek bipartisan group on net neutrality Manning: Additional Assange charges are feds using the law 'as a sword' Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Senators unveil sweeping bipartisan health care package | House lawmakers float Medicare pricing reforms | Dems offer bill to guarantee abortion access MORE (D-Ore.), the panel’s most outspoken civil liberties advocate, has called Pompeo’s stance on torture “deeply troubling.”

Pompeo’s enthusiasm for expanding the government’s surveillance capabilities is another likely area of focus.

The Kansas lawmaker has repeatedly urged a return to the bulk collection of U.S. call data curtailed by Congress last year.