WATCH: Cotton Confronts Schumer for 'Obstructing' CIA Director Confirmation
On Monday, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) was confirmed by the Senate to be the CIA director, but the perceived delay in the vote by the body's Democratic leader led to a tense confrontation on the floor the night it was originally going to take place.
A behind-the-scenes struggle in the Senate to get Pompeo confirmed in short order came into the public eye on Friday evening, Ed Henry reported Monday.
A number of Republicans said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) effectively lied to them when he promised to add Pompeo's name to a list of key national security team members up for a vote last Friday, Henry said.
However, on Thursday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called for a delay in that vote, but Republicans demanded that Schumer keep his word and allow Pompeo to be confirmed Friday.
The Inauguration Day vote never materialized and Sen.Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) confronted Schumer on the Senate floor that day over the delay.
The two men can be seen pointing fingers at each other, and Henry said Schumer told Cotton to lower his voice and asked where the Arkansan was "eight years ago" when then-President Obama's nominee did not receive an immediate confirmation vote.
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An irate Cotton responded that "eight years ago, I was getting my a[**] shot at in Afghanistan, so don't talk to me about where I was."
Schumer explained that his promise was given by him alone and not as a guarantee on behalf of the members of his caucus.
Cotton later released a statement, saying Schumer and the Democrats were "obstructing" Pompeo's nomination.
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