Alabama’s 5th District U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks said on Monday newly elected Alabama Sen. Doug Jones has the opportunity to keep his campaign promise to be bipartisan s in confirming President Donald Trump’s pick to replace outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by confirming Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo for the position.
Brooks sent a letter to the Senate office of Jones urging him to vote in Pompeo’s favor.
“I urge Senator Jones to vote to confirm Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State,” said Brooks. “I personally know Mike Pompeo. He has an impeccable reputation, graduated first in his class at West Point, served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, graduated Harvard Law School (where he made Law Review), and has served capably and honorably as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.”
Brooks continued, “With the upcoming vote on Mike Pompeo, Senator Jones has the opportunity to keep his campaign promise to be bipartisan and put the interest of America above the partisan obstructionism that has plagued the Senate for years.”
Pompeo’s fate is still not entirely certain with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee set to consider his nomination Monday afternoon. Should the committee give him the green light the full Senate, including Jones, will have the opportunity to vote to confirm him.
Brooks believes Pompeo has had no major disqualifying flaw and thus should be quickly confirmed.
“Each president of the United States has the right to select his cabinet and, absent some major nominee flaw, it is incumbent upon the Senate to confirm those nominees so that the president can put together the team he needs to properly carry out his duties. Mike Pompeo has no major, disqualifying flaw,” Brooks explained. “As such, I ask and hope Senator Jones will put aside partisanship and defer to the wishes and judgment of President Trump and vote to confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State.”
Read Brooks’ full letter below: