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Say NO to Trump’s War Cabinet Tuesday Rally
April 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Join us to protest Trump’s “War Cabinet” nominees and CALL, CALL, CALL Senators Wyden and Merkley:
Potentially contentious confirmation hearings lie ahead for President Trump’s cabinet nominees when the Senate returns from a two-week recess next week.
Senate Republicans, most of whom are loathe to deal with difficult confirmations during a midterm election year and would much rather tout the benefits of tax cuts for the middle class, have vowed to move quickly on the nominees to lead the departments of State and the Central Intelligence Agency.
In March, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, John Cornyn of Texas, told reporters that the upcoming confirmation fights are “perhaps, going to be a challenge.”
While most Republicans are on board with Trump’s choices, Democrats have already voiced their concerns and are promising questions of the nominees that will go well beyond the scope of their qualifications.
All three nominees will need a majority vote to secure confirmation in the Senate.
NOMINEE: Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State designate
Rex Tillerson was one of the shortest-serving U.S. Secretaries of State.
Trump ousted Tillerson thanks to a fraught relationship further marred by disagreements on major foreign policy issues involving Iran, North Korea, climate and trade, as well as rumors that Tillerson had called the president a “moron.”
Meanwhile, former CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Trump are fast friends. While serving as CIA director, Trump requested Pompeo to give him his intelligence briefings in person multiple times per week.
Pompeo, who served as a member of the House prior to being named CIA director, was confirmed by the Senate in 2017 in a 66-32 vote, with a majority of Democrats voting no.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee expects to hold a hearing on the Pompeo nomination in April.
The ranking Democrat, Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, slammed Trump as a “Commander-in-Chaos” for firing Tillerson and vowed a “rigorous” confirmation process for Pompeo over fears that he’s too partisan for the job.
“I remain convinced that the best person to serve as the nation’s top diplomat must be someone who can rise above partisanship, and commit to promoting core American interests, including values-driven diplomacy,” Menendez said in a statement.
NOMINEE: Gina Haspel, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency designate
Gina Haspel is a career intelligence officer who joined the CIA in 1985. Haspel has held numerous senior leadership positions within the spy agency, according to a biography posted on the CIA’s website.
If she is confirmed, she would be the first woman to head up the CIA.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hasn’t formally announced when it will hold a confirmation hearing for Haspel, but the chairman has indicated he will move “without delay.”
But her path to confirmation is murky. Many Democrats already oppose her nomination, but some Republicans are concerned, too.
Sen. John McCain, R-Az., has called into question Haspel’s role in in the agency’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
“Ms. Haspel needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA’s interrogation program during the confirmation process. I know the Senate will do its job in examining Ms. Haspel’s record as well as her beliefs about torture and her approach to current law,” McCain said in a statement.
McCain, who spent five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, has called the torture of detainees in US custody “one of the darkest chapters in American history.”
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Haspel’s record on torture, including her involvement in the CIA’s “black sites” – the overseas prisons used to hold top Al Qaeda terrorists seized by the CIA, should disqualify her from consideration.