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Senator Paul Not Keen On Mike Pompeo Becoming Secretary Of State

March 14, 2018

One of the flaws in new reporting over the past 24 hours is the idea that anyone in a cabinet position, or in higher offices, can be switched around job-to-job as if there is no unique skills required for each department.

It is one reason I am heartened by Senator Rand Paul’s actions. 

The libertarian-leaning GOP senator said Wednesday that Pompeo’s earlier support for the Iraq war and defense of enhanced interrogation techniques — or ‘torture’ in the view of Paul and many other senators — is disqualifying. And the Kentucky senator indicated he may be willing to filibuster both Pompeo’s nomination and CIA director nominee Gina Haspel, who he says is ‘gleeful’ in her defense of torture techniques.”

Paul’s opposition to Pompeo will be more immediately felt because he serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where the GOP enjoys just a one-seat advantage. With Paul opposed, Pompeo could receive an unfavorable committee verdict if Democrats join him in opposition, which would be a serious black mark on Pompeo’s nomination.

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  1. Solly permalink
    March 14, 2018 11:26 PM

    Not to mention that John McCain has made negative comments about Haspel’s role in overseeing a torture facility and destroying evidence of its existence. With Thad Cochran resigning next month because of health that would put the Republicans at 50 if McCain and Cochran are unable to vote and in a worse position if Paul and McCain vote against.

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