Coons’ Bipartisan Gesture during Pompeo Panel Brings Colleague to Tears


The Senate will likely vote to confirm Mike Pompeo as the nation’s top diplomat later this week.

But Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., appeared to earn that distinction for at least a few hours Monday night.

The fate over Pompeo hop-scotched between no fewer than five members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee late Monday as the panel tried to discharge the nomination to the floor.

The success of the nomination initially hinged on Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who long opposed Pompeo. Then it was up to Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who had been undecided.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, next. He was running late. …

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