Blackout delays CIA nominee Pompeo’s confirmation hearing
As the Senate Intelligence Committee’s ranking member began his opening remarks regarding the intelligence community’s formal assessment that Russia attempted to interfere in the US election, the lights went out.
NOT Mood lighting. Inside the blacked-out hearing room for CIA Director nominee Mike Pompeo after power failure pic.twitter.com/ra28z9cB89— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) January 12, 2017
Senator Mark Warner (D, Virginia) continued his remarks without a microphone on Thursday morning as lawmakers, the nominee candidate Representative Mike Pompeo (R, Kentucky), reporters, and protesters sat in darkness, first reported by The Hill.
Lights out @ Senate Intel hearing for @CIA nominee Pompeo just as @markwarner talks on #Russia hacking.— Kim Dozier (@KimDozier) January 12, 2017
Chairman Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) called a recess shortly after.
Former Senator Bob Dole was in attendance and was due to speak in support of the Pompeo.
RT nataliewsj: Lights went out in hearing for CIA nominee Pompeo. Hearing is delayed. pic.twitter.com/fDSnt5R8SJ— CaféPolitical (@CafePolitical) January 12, 2017
The hearing was moved to another room.
If confirmed, Pompeo would take the helm of the CIA in what he said in prepared remarks was the “most complicated threat environment the United States has faced in recent memory.”
A spokesman for the Architect of the Capitol said electricity is out in two Senate office buildings, interrupting a hearing for President elect-Donald Trump's nominee to be CIA director, according to AP.
Power was out in most of the Hart Senate Office Building and in some of the adjacent Dirksen building. Crews were working to restore power.
At his confirmation hearing Thursday, congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas said it's pretty clear Russia worked to hack information and to have an impact on American democracy.
Several questions were asked by Senators about the CIA's legacy of enhanced interrogations, a euphemism for systematic torture, under the Bush Administration.
The CIA created a policy of secret renditions, black sites, and torture techniques such as waterboarding (simulated drowning), brutalizing detainees, rectal feeding, beatings, bindings in stress positions, defending noise, sleep deprivation, and deprivation of food, water and medical care.
Pompeo was asked if he would resume enhanced interrogations. He replied "Absolutely not....Can't imagine I would be asked that."
Pompeo asked if he'd follow a Trump order to resume torture. He says, "Absolutely not....Can't imagine I would be asked that." Well....— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) January 12, 2017
When asked about Wikileaks, Pompeo says Assange "not a credible information source."
Pompeo says he does not believe Wikileaks is a credible source: “I have never believed Wikileaks is a reliable source of information”— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) January 12, 2017
Senator Angus King (I, Virginia) asked him then about his Twitter comment about Wikileaks.
Need further proof that the fix was in from Pres. Obama on down? BUSTED: 19,252 Emails from DNC Leaked by Wikileaks https://t.co/QrAH1evqKC— Mike Pompeo (@RepMikePompeo) July 24, 2016
Pompeo replied "that was before I was nominated."