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The Senate Should Reject Gina Haspel and Mike Pompeo


The Senate Should Reject Gina Haspel and Mike Pompeo

Robert Crawford

The Senate is set to hold confirmation hearings this week on two nominees for high office who, if confirmed, will dramatically shift the balance of power in the Trump administration toward torture, Islamophobia and war. Trump’s choice of Gina Haspel for director of the CIA and Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State, along with John Bolton for National Security Advisor (needing no Senate confirmation), are linked. The Senate has a responsibility to the country and fundamental values to reject these appointments.


The Senate reject Haspel and Pompeo? Not a chance. Based on the confirmation voting records of Republican-Democrat hybrids in the Democratic party, such as Manchin, Heitkamp, Warner and McCaskill, so far, to mention some of the worst, there’s more than enough Democrats to confirm.


When was the last time the Senate did something they should? I rest my case.