Pompeo Reveals He Was Interviewed by Mueller in Russia Probe

Mike Pompeo's secretary of state confirmation hearing begin

A "Code Pink" protester was removed from Mike Pompeo's confirmation hearing for his new appointment as Secretary of State. Pompeo sputtered while continuing to parrot that his view had not changed, and Booker expressed disbelief at how Pompeo could become secretary of state while separating Americans into groups in addressing violence.

Several senior Republican figures turned out to advocate for Pompeo, including former senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole, who addressed the panel, and Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, who sat three rows behind Pompeo during the hearing.

"Do you believe gay sex is a perversion, yes or no?" Pompeo told his Senate confirmation hearing that he would still push for a tougher deal even if Trump decides not to waive the sanctions.

Seen in Washington as a Trump loyalist, Mr Pompeo has been picked to replace Rex Tillerson, who was sacked in March. At the time, Mr. Pompeo was a Republican congressman from Wichita, Kansas.

Pompeo opposed the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

Further questioned about a previous assertion (paywall) that "silence" has made "Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit" in acts of terrorism, Pompeo clarified that he saw speaking out as an "opportunity" not an "obligation". But Pompeo's record deserves serious scrutiny, because it's a record that includes support for domestic surveillance, opposition to a free press, and a call for the execution of Edward Snowden.

This seemed like a decent evasion at first - but it soon became clear that Pompeo had walked into a unsafe trap.

On armed conflict, the former army captain added: "It's the last resort".

He added that, "I promise you that I will treat persons of each faith or no faith with the dignity and respect that they deserve". "I promise I will do that as secretary of state". Lawmakers are concerned the president may seek Mueller's ouster to try to shut down the investigation, and the White House has said it believes Trump does have the authority to fire him if desired. The decision to nominate anti-LGBTQ Mike Pompeo could have serious consequences for the United States and LGBTQ people around the globe.

"We have married gay couples at the Central Intelligence Agency, you should know, I treated them with the exact same set of rights", Pompeo said.

"There are fundamental areas of disagreement that we have, and I think that was true in the questioning", Shaheen said in an interview after the hearing.

Pompeo has made the rounds meeting senators including Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker, who noted their "very good meeting" but did not declare whether he would support him.

"He has shown himself to be anti-equality and anti-Muslim, and quick to limit access to reproductive health care and deny the pressing issue of climate change", notes Van Hollen in his statement.

"I'll do my part to end the vacancies", he says in the remarks. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who pointed out that Pompeo had voted on multiple occasions when he was a member of the House to restrict then-President Barack Obama's ability to wage war in Libya, and elsewhere, without permission from Congress.