January 24, 2017
There are no easy jobs at the top tiers of government -- but new CIA chief Mike Pompeo will have one of the hardest. Yesterday, the Kansas congressman finally won his confirmation to the agency by a vote of 66-32, filling one of the key vacancies on national intelligence. But for the CIA, these have been tumultuous times. Most are hopeful that Pompeo, who's been a good friend to FRC, will provide the strong leadership the agency needs during these tumultuous times. After a few conversations, Morrell said he has "come to admire" the Kansan, who served as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, graduated first in his class at West Point, and went to Harvard Law School.
During his time as a congressman, he was a consistent FRC Action "True Blue" legislator, promoting the values of limited government, respect for human dignity, and strong support for religious freedoms. Rep. Pompeo understands his position as CIA director would be to "present[ing] factual intelligence and sound judgments to policymakers, including this committee." At a time when our nation is threatened from every side, Pompeo's sound judgments are just the kind we need. We congratulate him on his new position and look forward to a safer, more secure America with him at the helm of the CIA.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.