[Update 1: There will be a protest at Sheldon Whitehouse’s Community Dinner Saturday evening, 4:30pm-7pm at Nathan Bishop Middle School, 101 Sessions St, Providence. More info here.]
[Update 2: Whitehouse’s office requested I add the following statement from the Senator to this story: “Mike Pompeo would not have been my choice to lead the CIA. As a congressman he made wrongful comments about our Muslim community and I urge him as CIA Director to be more responsible in the way he speaks about the Muslim community. Director Pompeo does know the intelligence community well and can be a check on dangerous impulses from the Trump White House. He committed during his confirmation hearing to abide by the clear legal prohibition on waterboarding and other harsh and ineffective interrogation techniques used by the CIA during the Bush administration, and to refuse any orders to restart the agency’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques that exceed the limitations of the Army Field Manual. I will be watching closely to ensure our intelligence community does not reprise that dark moment in its history and that it is effective in supporting our nation’s security.”]
Members of the RIPDA (Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America) said that they are shocked and appalled to learn that Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse betrayed our party and voted for far-right Donald Trump appointee Mike Pompeo to run the CIA.
“When blue-state Democrats backstab our party on this vote, they send Trump bipartisan support for his agenda of crushing the independence of the intelligence community,” said RIPDA State Coordinator Bill Deware. “They are giving Trump’s potentially treasonous ties to Russia a pass. This is unacceptable.”
The groups says that Pompeo’s “openness to torture” is only the beginning. Pompeo, maintains the RIPDA, “also threatens to politicize intelligence, just like Georg W Bush did with Iraq and Valerie Plame. Only this time, the risk is far worse. Donald Trump was elected with the assistance of Russian hackers.”
Said Deputy State Coordinator Lauren Niedel, “This vote was outrageous. We are actively monitoring the situation, and we will be seeking assurances from our Senators that they will not rubber stamp any more deplorable Trump nominees.”
Jack Reed (202) 224-4642
Sheldon Whitehouse (202) 224-2921