CNN anchor Chris Cuomo took a shot at CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Senate Republicans, accusing them of “fake news” during an interview with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday.
Through his questioning, Cuomo implied that Pompeo might not have the intellectual chops to withstand Senate confirmation scrutiny, though Cuomo said Senate Republicans wouldn’t care because of their partisanship.
Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman, was nominated by President Trump to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Pompeo’s Senate confirmation hearing is scheduled for Thursday, and Cuomo asked Albright what advice she would give to Pompeo heading into the panel’s questioning.
“I would advise him, in terms of confirmation, you really have to study for that because the questions are all over the world, and I look forward to listening to the hearings,” Albright said.
In response, Cuomo showed his feelings toward Pompeo and Senate Republicans, who hold a narrow 51-49 majority over Democrats.
“You can’t just ‘fake news’ through a confirmation hearing, although maybe you can with the current vote structure in the Senate,” Cuomo said.
Senate confirmations for such appointments as Pompeo’s require a simple majority rather than a filibuster-proof 60 votes.
Pompeo is a graduate of the highly competitive United States Military Academy and Harvard Law School. He is a former U.S. Army Captain who served as an officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall and also served on behalf of America during the Gulf War. Pompeo served on the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the Energy Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, the United States House Energy Subcommittee on Energy and the House Intelligence Subcommittee on the CIA.
Defying Cuomo’s line of questioning, Pompeo was confirmed by the Senate for CIA director last year by a vote of 66–32.