Senate Foreign Relations Committee Endorses CIA Director Mike Pompeo For U.S. Secretary Of State

Bloomberg Politics: Pompeo Wins Surprise Support by Senate Panel to Lead State Department
“A divided Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted in favor of Mike Pompeo to be the next secretary of state, paving the way for the CIA director to gain approval from the full Senate later this week and handing a victory to President Donald Trump…” (Wadhams/Litvan, 4/23).

Fox News: Mike Pompeo recommended by Senate panel for secretary of state, barely avoiding committee rebuke
“…The panel had deadlocked on a party-line vote after Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson, who had been expected to vote for Pompeo, missed the committee meeting because of a funeral. But the committee then voted favorably on his nomination after Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons, who opposes Pompeo, agreed to vote ‘present’ instead of ‘no’ because of Isakson’s situation. The final tally was 11 to 9 with 1 present. Isakson was allowed to vote by proxy in this particular case…” (Pappas, 4/23).

The Hill: Rand’s reversal advances Pompeo
“President Trump’s nominee for secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, appears to be on a glide path to confirmation after a last-minute reversal Monday from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Paul’s surprise support helped push Pompeo over the top in an 11-9-1 Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote…” (Carney, 4/23).

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