On Thursday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo faced his Senate confirmation hearing, aiming to become the next secretary of state. And with a long record of controversial statements about foreign policy, Islam, and LGBT rights among other things, there was plenty for Senate Democrats to grill him on. In the event you missed it, however, here are six shocking things Pompeo said at his confirmation hearing.
It remains to be seen whether Pompeo will be confirmed by the Senate, since with the GOP controlling a mere 51-seat majority, there's a very narrow margin for error. Amid a political climate in which the progressive left is extremely animated and activated, and the Democrats are hoping to marshal a blue wave in the 2018 midterms to reclaim control of the House and Senate, it would not be surprising if Pompeo faces some rigorous resistance.
Of course, any effort to halt his nomination would require at least two Republican senators to break ranks, and uniform opposition from the Democrats, including conservative Democrats like Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Thus far, Kentucky Republican Rand Paul has openly challenged Pompeo in his questioning, but where exactly everything will shake out remains unclear. Here are some of the most headline-drawing answers Pompeo gave during his hearing on Thursday.