Senate Panel OKs Pompeo After Rand Paul Flip

Mike Pompeo on track for confirmation for secretary of state

Mike Pompeo on track for confirmation for secretary of state

On Friday, Coons came me out against the nomination, stating that Pompeo - whom Democrats regard as a military hawk - will embolden "President Trump's most belligerent and risky instincts".

"In Mike Pompeo, the United States will have a chief diplomat who enjoys the total confidence of the president and who is uniquely qualified to reinvigorate our foreign service and represent our interests overseas", McConnell said.

"Employees at the Central Intelligence Agency have given Mike Pompeo high marks for his performance, his support for the workforce and advocacy for their mission".

In the days leading up to Monday's vote, Pompeo was widely expected to advance to the full Senate without a favorable recommendation from the Foreign Relations Committee.

WASHINGTON-Two more Senate Democrats said Monday they would support Mike Pompeo for secretary of state, giving him some breathing room in the full Senate despite his likely rejection by the Senate panel considering his nomination.

Asked about Paul's change of heart, Trump said, "He's a good man". Trump has publicly mused about firing Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Paul's late switch meant Pompeo avoided the embarrassment of being the first nominee for Secretary of State to fail to secure the committee's endorsement since it began considering them in the late 19th century.

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The process did hit a slight snag as senators prepared for the final vote on Monday, however, as Sen.

"I haven´t been given anything, haven´t been promised anything", Paul said.

With those assurances, the senator says he has "decided to support his nomination to be our next secretary of state".

During a tense Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting, Pompeo was voted 11-9.

The full Senate is still expected to consider Pompeo's nomination later this week. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson won approval with just 56 votes in favor of his nomination, the most votes against a state nominee in Senate history. Paul's office said he "got a win" - the promise that Pompeo sides with Trump on those issues - out of the situation, but declined to provide details.

He said the U.S. may have to move "past diplomacy" if there were indications of a direct North Korean threat to the U.S. But he also agreed with a Democratic senator that the consequences would be "catastrophic" if the U.S. initiated an attack on the North.

In a late setback Monday, the panel was short one Republican vote needed for a favorable recommendation because Sen.

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