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Former senior government officials come out in support of Pompeo


By Juliegrace Brufke, The Hill

A bipartisan group of former senior government officials expressed their support of CIA Director Mike Pompeo for secretary of State in a letter Wednesday.

The letter, addressed to Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Bob Menedez (D-N.J.), was signed by 30 national security experts. It comes a day ahead of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Thursday confirmation hearing for Pompeo.

Keith Alexander, the former director of the National Security Agency under President George W. Bush and President Obama; former Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, former chief counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Jamil Jaffer and former House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers tout Pompeo's qualifications and express concerns about the current state of the agency in the letter.

"Internally, the Department faces uncertainty about its place and its future with a hiring freeze, a pending reorganization, and a concern about its place in the national security process," they wrote.

"We all firmly believe the Department of State plays a crucial role in the national security process and that Director Pompeo is in a unique position to bring the Department back to a place where it can play its historically central role in this process," the letter continued.

The group said they think Pompeo could bring stability to the State Department, arguing he will "diligently to restore the Department of State to its rightful place" if confirmed.

"When Director Pompeo arrived at CIA in January 2017, he faced an anxious workforce," the letter reads. "A major reorganization had just occurred at CIA and some of its personnel questioned what direction the new Director and the new President would take them. Director Pompeo quickly took the pulse of the building, determined what was working and what wasn't and moved forward smartly."

While Pompeo coasted through the nomination process for his current post, receiving 66 votes in the upper chamber, his road to succeeding former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to be more difficult.

A number of Democrats who previously voted in favor of Pompeo, including Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), have expressed concerns over his hawkish policy positions.


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