Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulDem wins Kentucky state House seat in district Trump won by 49 points GOP’s tax reform bait-and-switch will widen inequality Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived MORE (R-Ky.) stated on Wednesday he would oppose President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out ‘subversion’ at VA MORE‘s nominations of CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe CIA may need to call White House to clarify Russia meddling Intel agencies to brief officials from all 50 states on election threats Russia probe complicating House hearing on threats facing US: report MORE to be secretary of State and CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to guide the spy company.
Paul stated that he’ll oppose the nominations and “do every thing I can to dam” them.
“My announcement immediately is that I’ll oppose each Pompeo’s nomination and Haspel’s nomination,” Paul stated.
Paul was the one Republican to vote towards Pompeo for CIA director. And his resolution on Wednesday complicates, however does not unilaterally sink, Pompeo’s path to main the State Division.
Republicans have an 11-10 benefit on the Senate Overseas Relations Committee, making Paul a key vote.
If Paul votes no throughout the panel’s deliberations and each Democrat opposes him, committee Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCongress punts fight over Dreamers to March Drama surrounding Shulkin — what is the future of VA health care? Blackburn pushes back on potential Corker bid: ‘I’m going to win’ MORE (R-Tenn.) will likely be pressured to resolve if he’ll transfer Pompeo’s nomination to the ground anyway.
It could be an uncommon transfer, however Corker stated final yr that ousted Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonFormer WH adviser: Trump will want to rejoin Paris climate pact by 2020 Why the US should lead on protecting Rohingya Muslims ‘Bolivarian Diaspora’ can no longer be ignored MORE would additionally get a vote earlier than the complete Senate even when his panel cut up. On the time, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioColbert: Students taking action on gun violence ‘give me hope’ Lawmakers feel pressure on guns Florida lawmaker’s aide fired after claiming shooting survivors were ‘actors’ MORE (R-Fla.) was seen as a possible swing vote.
Paul’s defection may additionally drive Republicans to depend on Vice President Pence, or Democrats, to get Pompeo by way of the complete Senate.
Assuming each Republican senator however Paul helps Pompeo, as they did for his present CIA publish, and each Democrat opposes, Senate would cut up 50-50.
The absence of Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Democrats put Dreamers and their party in danger by playing hardball Trump set a good defense budget, but here is how to make it better MORE (R-Ariz.), who’s present process therapy for mind most cancers and hasn’t voted in months, may additional complicate Pompeo’s nomination.
If McCain does not return and Paul votes no, that would depart Republicans quick, at a 49-50 vote, forcing them to win over Democratic assist.
Pompeo may win over Democratic votes, although he’ll seemingly face a tighter vote than he did final yr when he was confirmed to guide the CIA.
Senate Minority Chief Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats now attack internet rules they once embraced Schumer: Trump budget would ‘cripple’ gun background checks Schumer: Senate Republicans’ silence ‘deafening’ on guns, Russia MORE (D-N.Y.) stated on Tuesday that he was not actively urging his caucus to oppose Pompeo or Haspel however stated the 2 picks will face “unanswered” and “excellent” questions.
Fourteen Democrats, together with Schumer, and Unbiased Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingLawmakers are failing in duty to respond to the American people Congress fails miserably: For Asian-Americans, immigration proposals are personal attacks GOP senators float fallback plan to protect Dreamers MORE (Maine) supported Pompeo to guide the CIA.
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