Pompeo says he Spoke with Mueller and is Cooperating

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has overseen U.S. intelligence collection in Yemen in a campaign closely intertwined with the U

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has overseen U.S. intelligence collection in Yemen in a campaign closely intertwined with the U

"It is the last resort, it must always be so".

CIA Director Mike Pompeo faced questions from Colorado Sen.

On Iran, he was expected to tell senators that he will work with U.S. allies to fix the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, which Mr Trump has threatened to withdraw from.

Speaking on April 12 during his Senate confirmation hearing, he also revealed that he had been interviewed by the US special counsel investigating interactions between Trump's associates and Russian officials.

Critics of the deal have focused on three of the pact's big weaknesses-that several provisions sunset in 2025, that inspectors don't have immediate access to some military sites inside Iran, and that it does not address Tehran's support for terrorists and non-nuclear-related violations of its worldwide agreements such as its ballistic missile program.

He gave similar lackluster answers on specific policy issues.

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Pompeo's hearing in front of the Senate Foreign Relations committee comes at a time when the State Department has numerous top vacancies in the senior ranks, including over 40 open ambassadorships - which includes South Korea.

"Senators must hold Pompeo accountable for his hostility toward Muslims in America and around the world, and ensure that such religious bigotry has no place in shaping State Department policies". "So when journalists, most of whom have never met me, label me-or any of you-as 'hawks, ' 'war hardliners, ' or worse, I shake my head", Pompeo told lawmakers on Thursday.

"I don't think that's a complete enough answer", Paul said.

"Each and every human, not just Americans, each and every human being has an obligation to push back against this extremist use of violence, from whatever faith", Pompeo responded. "I take objection to the idea that the president can go to war where he wants, when he wants".

But Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, says that is simply the baseline expectation for the role.

Questioned by the committee's top Democrat, Pompeo also said publicly for the first time that he's been questioned by Mueller, who is investigating potential ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice issues.

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When asked specifically whether he believes Trump has the authority to fire Mueller, he said he is "in no position to make a comment on that question". The state department is also struggling with numerous vacancies and the threat of cuts to a third of its budget, prompting current and former officials to bemoan the collapse of U.S. diplomacy.

"I've been part of this cabinet, I've watched it thoughtfully every day", said the nominee, describing his goal to "achieve the American objective" without endangering USA citizens. The protesters appear to be associated with the Code Pink movement.

"Will you champion our values when the president embraces dictators who quash the free press or suggest doing away with elections?"

This exchange with Sen. But he cited his record in the Central Intelligence Agency as supporting a diverse workforce, "focusing on mission and demanding that every team member be treated equally and with dignity and respect".

"The CIA has saved countless Muslim lives during my tenure at the CIA", he said.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) described a potential targeted military strike similar to the assault ordered last April against a Syrian airbase.

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