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Cornyn, Cruz Back Pompeo for CIA Director

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz both supported the new director for the Central Intelligence Agency.

Cornyn and Cruz voted yesterday to confirm Kansas U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo as the new CIA director.

President Donald Trump's nominee was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, yesterday, passing the senate by a vote of 66-32. Those voting against Pompeo's nomination were mostly Democrats, other than Kentucky senator Rand Paul.

Senator Cornyn had been vocal in urging the senate's confirmation of Pompeo. Prior to the senate's vote, Cornyn issued a statement in which he said, "I have no doubt as director [Pompeo] will do all that he can to make sure that those serving in the intelligence community have the tools and the respect they need and deserve to keep America safe. So we need to get this done and to get this done without further delay."

Pompeo was sworn in at the White House, a short time after the vote.

 Photo by the Dallas Morning News

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