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McCaskill Votes For Pompeo Confirmation As Secretary Of State

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    Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill was among a handful of Democrats voting to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state Thursday.         McCaskill had not previously said how she would vote.
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, criticized McCaskill  for not saying earlier how she would vote.    
    Pompeo's nomination was confirmed by the Senate on a 57-42 vote.     
    In a statement, McCaskill  said she has "grave concerns" about Pompeo's rhetoric as a congressman.
    However, McCaskill said she voted for his confirmation because of his work in the intelligence community and the recommendation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. 
    McCaskill says Mattis assured her that Pompeo "has been willing to speak truth to power in critical situations involving the President."               
    Missouri Republican Senator Blunt also voted for Pompeo's confirmation as secretary of state.
    Before becoming CIA Director, Pompeo was a U.S. congressman representing Kansas's 4th congressional district from 2011 to 2017.
 

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