Top Dem on House Intel Committee Praises Trump's Choice for CIA Director

November 18, 2016

Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) on Friday praised Donald Trump's decision hours earlier to pick Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) to be the next CIA director, calling Pompeo "bright" and a "solid pick."

MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell asked Schiff, who works alongside Pompeo on the House Intelligence Committee as its ranking member, what he thought about the Kansas lawmaker's ability to serve as CIA director if he is confirmed by the Senate.

"I think Mike is a very bright guy. He's hardworking. I think he understands the agency very well, so he's a solid pick," Schiff said.

Schiff went on to say that Pompeo was partisan during the Benghazi Committee hearings, but he believes Pompeo can put partisanship aside for the CIA role.

"I think he is a very capable choice, so of the three that came out today, I think he was the most solid pick," Schiff said.

Trump made two other key selections for top administration posts on Friday. He named Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) to be his attorney general and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to be his national security adviser. Schiff was quite critical of Trump's decision to give Flynn should an important national security role.