Pompeo was responding to a question by Senator Marco Rubio (Republican-Florida) about the hacking campaign, in which Russian Federation denies its involvement, and unsubstantiated claims that surfaced recently alleging that Russian Federation possesses compromising information on Trump. "I'm very clear-eyed about what that intelligence report says". "This was an aggressive action taken by the senior leadership inside of Russian Federation". He added that some of the allegations of contact between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation were mere "speculation", and that they "certainly" should not be included in his committee investigation.
President-elect Donald Trump's team will be probed by the Senate Intelligence Committee for its alleged ties to Russian Federation. Though a costly and lengthy investigation discovered no evidence of wrongdoing by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Pompeo insisted that that a politically motivated cover-up had taken place.
Lawmakers and the US public "demand" that intelligence agencies track threats, Pompeo said.
Pompeo has said that he believes in traditional marriage and expressed disagreement with the Supreme Court's 2015 ruling that had the effect of legalizing gay marriage throughout the United States.
He said the U.S. faced one of the most "complicated" threat environments in decades, including an increasingly aggressive Russian Federation "threatening Europe" and "doing nothing" to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in Syria.
"I have never believed that Wikileaks is credible", he said. Angus King, I-Maine, whether he considers WikiLeaks to be a valuable source of information. After all, it doesn't take that much creativity to imagine Trump trying to follow through on his vow to bring back waterboading and much worse.
Mr Pompeo's was one of seven confirmation hearings held this week for senior posts in the upcoming Trump administration.
"I'll always comply with the law".
At that moment, the lights in the Hart Senate Office Building hearing room went dark.
Pompeo's panel hearing got off to a dark start when a power outage hit the Senate building, forcing the hearing to relocate.
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In an individual statement, Warner said: "This issue impacts the foundations of our democratic system, it's that important".
"This conflict has led to the rise of extremism, sectarianism, instability in the region and Europe, and the worst refugee crisis the world has faced in recent memory", he said.
For his part, Mattis said it wouldn't be smart to rip up the Iran deal, as Trump has suggested.
Mattis also said Russia, China and armed groups were presenting the biggest challenge to the US-led world order since World War II, accused Moscow of trying to break up North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and called for Congress to lift spending caps undermining military readiness.
"While I opposed the Iran deal as a member of Congress, if confirmed, my role will change", Pompeo said.
He told the committee he understands that as CIA director, he will have to make the transition from a partisan, policy-making politician to an objective intelligence collector.
He indicated he would continue to pursue leads in Russia's "active measures" against the United States and promised to "continue to pursue foreign intelligence with vigour, no matter where the facts lead".
The committee also challenged Pompeo on his social media history. He served in the Army at a time when the Soviet Union was America's main adversary. In that capacity, he has also been a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
Pompeo said that he would "start with legal boundaries that exist today".