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Confirmation hearing for Trump's CIA director nominee begins

Thursday, January 12, 2017 11:12
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. January 12, 2017, 7:37 PM (IDT)

Rep. Michael Pompeo, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for director of the CIA, testified at his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. In response to questions from members of the committee, he said that he would support the use of torture including waterboarding as part of what he called legitimate interrogation measures, conduct a tough policy toward Russia, and not oppose the nuclear agreement with Iran. He called the Russian cyberattacks against the US “an aggressive action taken by senior leadership inside of Russia.” The 53-year-old Pompeo, a lawyer by training and former US military officer, has served as a congressman from Kansas since 2010.    

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