Senate Republican leaders are vowing to move quickly on confirmation hearings for President Trump’s nominations of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state and Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo as CIA director.
The nominations follow Trump's Tuesday firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who will officially leave his post as the country’s top diplomat at the end of the month.
And one has already suggested she will not support Haspel's nomination, over her role in the CIA's interrogation program.
Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the chamber’s intelligence committee, on Tuesday seemed to take a more measured approach to Haspel, who joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1985 and if confirmed would be the agency's first female director.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters Tuesday, hours after Tillerson’s announced firing, that he has not asked fellow Senate Democrats to oppose the nominations.