GOP Senator Rand Paul publicly announced his total opposition to President Trump’s nominees to head the State Department and the CIA on Wednesday; saying he’s “going to do everything” he can to block them from office.
According to Politico, the outspoken Senator revealed his intentions while speaking with reporters at the US Capitol, saying people “complain sometimes about the filibuster” but added he plans to use the procedural maneuver to derail the nomination process.
“People complain sometimes about the filibuster, they complain about trying to obstruct… “I’m going to do everything I can to block them,” said Paul.
“I’m perplexed by the nomination of people who love the Iraq War so much that they would advocate for a war with Iran next,” Paul added. “It goes against most of the things President Trump campaigned on, that the unintended consequences of regime change in Iraq led to instability in the Middle East.”
Sen. Bob Menendez -the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee- signaled CIA Director Mike Pompeo may have the support of some liberal colleagues; citing their prior votes for the Director during other nomination hearings.
“There are Democrats who supported him for the CIA director, but being secretary of state is totally different than CIA director,” said Menendez, pointing out that 15 caucus members supported Pompeo as head of the CIA just last year.