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Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzSchatz’s ignorance of our Anglo-American legal heritage illustrates problem with government Dem senator trolls Trump over Mueller indictments: ‘This is a VERY well done hoax’ Trashing our Anglo-American legal tradition does no one any favors MORE (D-Hawaii) said Tuesday that some of his colleagues are rethinking their support for CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe CIA may need to call White House to clarify Russia meddling Intel agencies to brief officials from all 50 states on election threats Russia probe complicating House hearing on threats facing US: report MORE, who has been picked by President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out ‘subversion’ at VA MORE to be the next secretary of State.
“I think there are a number of us who voted for him last time who are actively reconsidering based on his service in the administration,” Schatz told The Washington Post.
“A lot of us gave him the benefit of the doubt. We were told he was going to handle everything on the level and be nonpolitical,” the Hawaii Democrat added. “And it’s not clear that that’s his record at the CIA.”
Trump announced on Tuesday morning that Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonFormer WH adviser: Trump will want to rejoin Paris climate pact by 2020 Why the US should lead on protecting Rohingya Muslims ‘Bolivarian Diaspora’ can no longer be ignored MORE would be stepping down and Pompeo would be taking over his post.
Fourteen Democrats supported Pompeo when the Senate voted to approve his nomination to run the CIA in early 2017.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCongress punts fight over Dreamers to March Drama surrounding Shulkin — what is the future of VA health care? Blackburn pushes back on potential Corker bid: ‘I’m going to win’ MORE (R-Tenn.) said on Tuesday that his panel is planning to hold a hearing next month for CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to lead the State Department.
“I had a very good conversation with Director Pompeo this morning and look forward to meeting with him soon. As I shared with the president, the committee will consider his nomination as expeditiously as possible,” Corker said in a statement.
The nomination process for Pompeo could be drawn out, however, according to the Post, which cited leaders of both parties.
The predicted Democratic opposition — on top of the current backlog of nominations in the Senate — could leave the State Department without a leader while the U.S. is preparing to negotiate with North Korea and make changes to the Iran nuclear deal, among other pressing international concerns, the newspaper noted.
Pompeo — who holds views similar to President Trump concerning Iran — might not be confirmed before May 12, when the next round of sanction waivers against Iran are set to be signed, it added.
Trump has threatened to refuse to sign the waivers if France, Germany and the U.K. don’t change the deal to his liking.
Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is also expected to take place in May.