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Senate confirms Pompeo as next CIA director

By Brian Murphy

bmurphy@mcclatchy.com

Trump CIA pick Mike Pompeo lists Russia as a threat during confirmation hearing

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency, testified on Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Pompeo lists an aggressive Russia as one of the multiple challenges fa
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Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency, testified on Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Pompeo lists an aggressive Russia as one of the multiple challenges fa

The Senate voted to confirm Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The 53-year-old Pompeo, who was just elected for his fourth term in Kansas’ 4th congressional district, was confirmed 66-32 in the Senate.

Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky was the only Republican to vote against Pompeo. He joined 30 Democrats and Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, an independent.

“I voted against the new CIA Director because I worry that his desire for security will trump his defense of liberty,” Paul wrote in a statement.

Pompeo graduated first in his class at West Point and attended Harvard Law School.

[The inside story on how Pompeo got picked for the top job at the CIA]

Pompeo is the third member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet approved by the Senate, following Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly. Mattis was confirmed 98-1, and Kelly was confirmed 88-11.

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