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Good or Bad? Jeff Sessions & Mike Pompeo

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 Malevolent    3,433




Moments after Donald Trump offered the Attorney General spot to senator Jeff Sessions (which he promptly accepted), it was announced that Trump had also picked rep. Mike Pompeo as CIA director, who likewise accepted.

The selection of Pompeo, a three-term Republican from Wichita, started earlier this week when he met with Donald Trump, according to the president-elect’s transition team. A Pompeo spokesman confirmed that 

“He is focused on the new Congress and serving the people of Kansas,” the spokesman, T.W. Arrighi, said of Pompeo. “Donald Trump will make his decisions in due time regarding positions in his administration.”

Now we know what the meetings were about.

Courtesy of McClatchy, here is profile of the new director of America's top spy agency:

Pompeo originally supported Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid. Like most of his Kansas colleagues, Pompeo backed Trump when it was clear the New York real-estate developer would become the Republican presidential nominee, though not enthusiastically.

But Pompeo was close to Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who served with Pompeo in the House. Last month, Pompeo helped prepare Pence for the vice presidential debate with Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

The most prominent Kansas elected official to endorse Trump early on was Secretary of State Kris Kobach, now a member of the Trump transition team and a possible candidate for U.S. Attorney General.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and recently defeated Rep. Tim Huelskamp are both potential picks for agriculture secretary.

Pompeo is a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and one of the most vocal critics of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran.

He’s a supporter of the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk data collection program and sought to restore the agency’s access to the data it had already collected under the Patriot Act from its inception through late last year.

He’s a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Harvard Law School. He’s also a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Pompeo, who grew up in the traditionally Republican enclave of Orange County, California, founded Thayer Aerospace, a company that made parts for commercial and military aircraft. After selling Thayer, he became president of Sentry International, a company that manufactures and sells equipment used in oil fields.

He was elected to Congress in 2010 on a wave of tea party support and with backing from the Koch Industries political action committee. The Wichita-based conglomerate’s PAC is well known for its support of conservative candidates.

Though Pompeo is generally known for his opposition to Obama administration policies, he’s occasionally given heat to some fellow Republicans. Last year, his name was floated as a potential rival to Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to become House speaker.

Earlier this year, he briefly flirted with a primary challenge to Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran after the state’s junior senator appeared to break with Senate Republican opposition to Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland.

Joe Romance, an associate professor of political science at Fort Hays State University, said it makes sense for Pompeo to consider a job in the executive branch, given the way the stage is set from Kansas to Washington in the next several years.

“He’s ambitious,” Romance said. “Jerry Moran just got reelected. Roberts is not up until 2020. So where do you need to move? And I don’t think Ryan’s going anywhere as speaker. So why not?”

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So far so good.

Glad that Giuliani and Cruz didn't get it.

Now hoping that Bolton or Giuliani doesn't get SoS.

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 thedudeabides    2,609

Hmmm I like sessions as a pick for AG. I think Gowdy would have been to far right. which is a problem as an AG he would not likely go after Republicans as much as he would Libs. 

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 Ukshep    25,393
34 minutes ago, thedudeabides said:

I see a good balance so far in Trumps cabinet.  Flynn was an excellent choice for Intel Advisor.  Now to make Gen Boykin the DHS director....

Seems to be picking those that are best at specific things. I like his choices.. Its not like he is going full right, full neocon, full whatever. But keeping a good balance like you said!

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 Talon    716

Pompeo is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries. They contributed to his first campaign and have done so ever since and his previous business was owned in part by Koch. That makes Pompeo the Congressman from Koch.

The more things change…

“When Mike Pompeo needed funding for a Wichita aerospace company, one of the places he and his partners went for help was Koch Industries, a hometown firm that is among the world’s largest privately held corporations.

Last year, Pompeo turned to Koch for help again — this time to support his successful campaign for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pompeo received $80,000 in donations from Koch and its employees, making him the top recipient of Koch-related money in the 2010 elections.” Washington Post, 2011

The company they were mentioned was Sentry International. Like Haliburton, they service the oil industry. Here is a list of companies they do business with. Lots of companies with ties to lots of countries where the CIA needs to make sure they keep them safe for our “national interests”

“Pompeo opposes closing Guantánamo Bay detention camp”

“Pompeo supports the National Security Agency‘s surveillance programs, characterizing the agency’s efforts as “good and important work.”

“Pompeo opposes requiring food suppliers to label food made with Genetically modified organisms as GMO”


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