Meet Mike Pompeo, The New Director Of The CIA

Tyler Durden's picture

Moments after Donald Trump offered the Attorney General spot to senator Jeff Sessions (which he promptly accepted), it was announced that Trump had also picked rep. Mike Pompeo as CIA director, who likewise accepted.

The selection of Pompeo, a three-term Republican from Wichita, started earlier this week when he met with Donald Trump, according to the president-elect’s transition team.  Now we know what the meetings were about. Courtesy of McClatchy, here is profile of the new director of America's top spy agency:

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Pompeo originally supported Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid. Like most of his Kansas colleagues, Pompeo backed Trump when it was clear the New York real-estate developer would become the Republican presidential nominee, though not enthusiastically.

But Pompeo was close to Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who served with Pompeo in the House. Last month, Pompeo helped prepare Pence for the vice presidential debate with Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

The most prominent Kansas elected official to endorse Trump early on was Secretary of State Kris Kobach, now a member of the Trump transition team and a possible candidate for U.S. Attorney General.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and recently defeated Rep. Tim Huelskamp are both potential picks for agriculture secretary.

Pompeo is a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and one of the most vocal critics of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran.

He’s a supporter of the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk data collection program and sought to restore the agency’s access to the data it had already collected under the Patriot Act from its inception through late last year.

He’s a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Harvard Law School. He’s also a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Pompeo, who grew up in the traditionally Republican enclave of Orange County, California, founded Thayer Aerospace, a company that made parts for commercial and military aircraft. After selling Thayer, he became president of Sentry International, a company that manufactures and sells equipment used in oil fields.

He was elected to Congress in 2010 on a wave of tea party support and with backing from the Koch Industries political action committee. The Wichita-based conglomerate’s PAC is well known for its support of conservative candidates.

Though Pompeo is generally known for his opposition to Obama administration policies, he’s occasionally given heat to some fellow Republicans. Last year, his name was floated as a potential rival to Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to become House speaker.

Earlier this year, he briefly flirted with a primary challenge to Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran after the state’s junior senator appeared to break with Senate Republican opposition to Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland.

Joe Romance, an associate professor of political science at Fort Hays State University, said it makes sense for Pompeo to consider a job in the executive branch, given the way the stage is set from Kansas to Washington in the next several years.

“He’s ambitious,” Romance said. “Jerry Moran just got reelected. Roberts is not up until 2020. So where do you need to move? And I don’t think Ryan’s going anywhere as speaker. So why not?”

Pompeo has sponsored numerous bills that would maintain or increase sanctions on Iran over its nuclear weapons program. He’s been a staunch opponent of the deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry that eases sanctions in exchange for dismantling the nuclear weapons program.

In February, Pompeo and two of his Republican House colleagues unsuccessfully sought visas to monitor the country’s elections.

When Iran detained a group of American sailors earlier whose ship had wandered into its territorial waters earlier this year, Pompeo introduced a bill requiring the Obama administration to investigate whether Iran violated the Geneva Convention. It didn’t become law. The sailors were not harmed, and the Navy later concluded that the sailors had entered Iran’s waters by mistake.

Pompeo has served on the House Select Benghazi Committee.

The special panel was created in 2014 to probe the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. One of its key targets was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on whose watch the attack had occurred.

When the committee released its report on the attack in June, Pompeo and Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio released a separate report that was even more sharply critical of Clinton’s handling of the affair. They wrote that Clinton intentionally misled Americans about the nature of the attack because Obama was up for re-election.

“Officials at the State Department, including Secretary Clinton, learned almost in real time that the attack in Benghazi was a terrorist attack,” Pompeo and Jordan wrote. “With the presidential election just 56 days away, rather than tell the American people the truth and increase the risk of losing an election, the administration told one story privately and a different story publicly.”

Pompeo has made some controversial statements about Muslims. Weeks after the Boston marathon bombing in 2013, in a speech on the House floor, he not only accused Islamic faith leaders of not doing enough to condemn terrorist attacks, but also suggested they might be encouraging them.

“When the most devastating terrorist attacks on America in the last 20 years come overwhelmingly from people of a single faith, and are performed in the name of that faith, a special obligation falls on those that are the leaders of that faith,” Pompeo said. “Instead of responding, silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts and more importantly still, in those that may well follow.”

But last month, three militiamen were arrested in western Kansas in an alleged plot to blow up an apartment complex that’s home to Somali Muslim refugees.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said statements like Pompeo’s were detrimental to policies that keep all Americans safe.

“We believe it’s counterproductive to our nation’s safety and security because they will act based on their faulty perceptions of Muslims and Islam,” Hooper said, “and will not carry out policies based on accurate and balanced information.”

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wildbad's picture

I'm stunned by this....bulk collection proponent?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Yep... Like all the rest that pass through the "revolving doors" of D.C. he'll feather his nest and continue "killing some folks" and "torturing some folks".

Only not in Syria or Ukraine -that is for certain!

wildbad's picture

some of his opinions are concerning but a quick bio read in wikipedia showed some pretty well reasoned unorthodox stances.

he's not a global warming sycophant, nor particularly doctrinaire in things energy. but a bulk collection fan..I was really hoping for someone with a track record of following the fourth amendment.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Couldn't give a fiddlers fuck about the issues of global warming at this stage and crisis we now face. I just want to know if the asshole is stupid enough to use NATO to get energy for this Country that neither we nor the Saudi's have any longer.

We'll know these cocksuckers are sincere when they tell us the truth about the "riches of bakken oil" is 10 years and not 100 and that the systemic looting operation in the ME using our military is counter productive given the tradeoff of war with the Russians and the accumulated debt to fund our misadventures that will never find a buyer!

Only time will tell.

wildbad's picture

not a peep yet on this or the sessions on Drudge yet...ZH wins again!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

On the road less travelled.

And why February of 2014 changed the calculus of everything including Russia's participation in the booting out of NATO from Syria.

If Trump is smart he will engage detente with the Russians at the expense of all of his war mongering staff.

Joe Davola's picture

Let me preface this by saying I find bulk collection totally an affront to the constitution, however "private" companies already have bulk collection in place.  It's only the slightest catalyst from there to the government requiring the companies hand over all that data.  I'm surprised people advocate for bulk data openly, when they know the hurdle to cross to access private databases is very low.  And that whole shooter's phone charade where Apple "stood up" to the FBI was so much bluster when both sides likely already had the capability that they claimed not to have.

swmnguy's picture

The "hurdle" is even lower than you state.  The only "hurdle" is whether they can openly use that data in court.  They already have it all.  All the data goes through collection "checkpoints."

BennyBoy's picture


I love my new spy overlord!

We need more spying. Toilet cams come to mind.

joeyman9's picture

Yes, I love big brother, always have......

Billy the Poet's picture

Looks like Trump decided to sell us down the river rather than drain the swamp. And now we're caught between his thugs and an army of crazy children in the streets.

This is why I would have preferred seeing Hillary win despite the fact that I voted for Trump. It felt like a con and a con it was, apparently.

lucitanian's picture

When was it anything but a con. Madness, when you keep doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result. The deepstate has you suckered, and you still think its the land of the free. Reality is relative to your prseption. Its an extention of what you want to believe. You live with your delusions, no one elses.

Billy the Poet's picture

If you think I'm deluded then you're deluded.

My vote changed nothing and I felt good for 48 hours knowing that Clinton would not reign. Now it's back to anarchy. There are those of us who know the score but who are not so self righteous as to believe that we alone possess insight.

I've got things to do or I'd dress you down further.

froze25's picture

Nice we can all be deluded together. I don't mind this choice its not for the CIA director to decide what is constitutional or not, that is for the Supreme court so we the people must challenge the collection and use of the collected data in the Supreme court. The CIA director is to obey the Law as it is presented to him.

nightwish's picture

If trump selections are non-jews and not a minority-raced woman, i am all fucking for it no matter what.

Sick of J's running the country, and yes master black women who are given positions just for political correctness.

You want to know why our country went downhill? J's working their own shit at the top, and incompetent minorities in power positions who take orders from J's

Johnny Caine's picture

Spot on, except for the part that this guy is a mass surveillance fuck boy. 

Mr. Bones's picture

That's not how the CIA works.  They do a mea culpa, then 10 years later the same mea culpa.  The spooks were behind torture and secret prisons during the Bush admin, they're behind the not torture that doesn't happen in prisons that we don't admit to.  Only the language changed.  We all pretend to be offended when we find out that unspeakable acts are being committed in our names, or we deny it - that's been working for the left for 2 terms.

PTR's picture

Yes, that's what's done to us.  One via the Corporate, the other via the State.  No lube, though.

The Merovingian's picture

The buck still stops with Trump and he isn't even in office yet for anyone to judge him fairly. For me that means he gets a year or two. Further, he's a smart guy and I never assumed he was going to bring in 4000+ newbies into his administration. The fucking wheels would lock up immediately. He knows this. He needs competent, loyal people in these roles, period.

Time will tell on this. If his appointments start going apeshit like OBungler's did, then we have a real problem. For individual citizens the choice is clear, hope for the best and keep planning for the worst, which is what I've been doing for the last 12 years+. If you and your family are not prepared for some major disruptions to your way of life and basic daily sustenance, then you better get on it.

Lastly, the deep state is NEVER going away either. Not even sure they can be curbed. I honestly don't have an answer for that one yet except to be prepared to completely and totally unplug from everything, and become 'invisible, passive and benign' to the system itself at some point.

Creepy Lurker's picture

I logged in to thank you for this Voice Of Reason post. I don't know just what people expected. Was he supposed to start appointing random biker dudes to cabinet posts? Come on. To some extent one must work with the system if one is to have any hope of making changes to it.

Like baba looey keeps saying, let the man work, FFS.

Seer's picture

Do people demand a really just system? Well, we'll arrange it so that they'll be satisfied with one that's a little less unjust ... They want a revolution, and we'll give them reforms -- lots of reforms; we'll drown them in reforms. Or rather, we'll drown them in promises of reforms, because we'll never give them real ones either!!

DARIO FO, Accidental Death of an Anarchist

ACES FULL's picture

Seer and Blankone, please give us a list of your Cabinet picks, all of them, so that we may nitpick your judgement. Please be aware also that your pick has to ACCEPT the nomination. I think so here may be surprised on what picks refused the post because of the ban on lobbying.

Blankone's picture

Trump is already showing himself through his choices.  This guy is a hard liner in the push for the govt to trample the constitution and treat the citizens like serfs.   But Trump's supporters are ok with it because it is "their guy" doing it, just like the Dems/liberals/whatever were ok with Obama shredding the constitution and killing hundreds of thousands because Obama was "their guy".

The velvet glove will come off soon and you will only have the iron fist.

ACES FULL's picture

Please stop Merov, you are being entirely too logical, there is no room for that here.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

With HRC22, I"d get about 2% of what I'd want.

With Trump, perhaps 60%.  I'm happy with that, and will try not to bitch about the 40%.

Seer's picture

I want NOTHING from "govt" or "power."

I'm looking forward to seeing how that "60%" ends up working for you, and whether your username's meme stays consistent with Trump.

ACES FULL's picture

I also want nothing from govt except to be left alone but its not gonna happen. There WILL be a govt and it will meddle, the question is how big a govt and how deep the meddling. I used to tell my Dad " I wish {this or that} " He would say " shit in one hand and wish in the other and see which one fills up first ". His meaning, don't wish, just make it happen. Ever since I got my shit together {wild youth,long story}, I have done well under Clinton, Bush and Obama. Obama was the most difficult regulation, tax and insurance wise but I adapted and took advantage of other things that transpired under him. Adapt or die. It's easy for people to sit around and criticize what someone else does. Can't tell you how many times employees of mine have been critical of things that I did that they weren't capable of understanding {and which didn't affect them at all} when they can't even manage their own lives which are far less complicated than the things I have to deal with.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

I'd say I want next to nothing from gubmint, but it'll be imposed upon me regardless.  There is zero doubt the 60% will work out better for me than the 2%.  And for America and the world IMO.

FWIW, I intend to retire or retread my username and avatar in January as that sorry, feckless, incompetent, globalist boob Barry and his lovely wife depart the WH for the last time and stumble off into oblivion.  I like to put bad/nasty/unhappy stuff in the rear view mirror.

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Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Billy the Poet Nov 18, 2016 12:02 PM

@Crockett ~ I used to dislike you Crockett, but you have made quite a bit of sense over the past few months.


I hope at some point, you'll find a reason to return the same measure of respect.


With regards to this SPECIFIC issue, I don't mind revealing that I've been ambivalent towards it all along... Its hard for me to document that because, besides the previous 22x I was kicked off of ZH, I've also been kicked off 3 more times since April 2016, in moments when I tried to point out a few Trump 'red flags' (largely, having to do with Jared Kushner), which, the 'Trumpies' didn't want any part of...


Don't get me wrong... Putting HRC in a coffin, is a wonderful thing... But my sensibilities tell me that 'DRAINING A SWAMP' is too much of a task for Donald Trump (or anyone else)...



TheReplacement's picture

Just because all the evil people are Baptists or controlled by Baptists and their money doesn't mean you should go around pointing out this fact.


Oh, sorry.  I meant Buddhists, not Baptists.  My bad.

(I bet I don't get banned for this, right ashkeNAZI Tyler? ;)

ThanksChump's picture

An uprising under Hillary would have been one-sided.


Be careful, Donald.......

stacking12321's picture

I almost agree with you about Hillary, would have been sweet to see the economy collapse on her watch instead of trumps.

But with Hillary the risk of ww3 would be imminent.

WordSmith2013's picture

MP tore up Hillary during Benghazigate.


Mike Pompeo destroys Hillary Clinton during prime time!
Seer's picture

Not sure if it's going to be "sweet."  For sure, though, it's going to collapse.  ALL empires collapse (regardless of ideology/religion/leadership).

madmax1965's picture

Drain the swamp indeed!  I can't believe people thought the Donald would change anything!  Same shit different color(literally and figuratively) douchebags!

Yukon Cornholius's picture

I can remember when you were debating not voting. These outcomes embolden the non-voter.

B-Bond's picture

1-2 punch with possible S.O.S. Bolton.

Moneypenny, hand me the reopened Iran file, why all the poker faces?

Deal Bibi, place your bets!

new game's picture

said so too. yup, moar war. besides, wtf would all those high tech industries do without mic funding?

layoffs by the thousands. painfull stuff for a politician that has a drip into veins from these "donators".

face it, and truth up to reality, nothin changes til it goes too far. and too far in in the distance, like a train coming at us in a tunnel...

PT's picture

Billy:  Who is going to help Trump drain the swamp?  The current swamp monsters?  Why would they want to ruin their own home?  That was always the problem.

Either way, I am glad he got in.  You knew you were going nowhere with Hillary.  If Trump fails then he will prove that outsiders are no good either.  The election started out looking like insider vs insider - Clinton vs Bush.  That was a good reason for all the voters to stay home, or to write "Me" or "None of the Above" on their ballots - for those who had paper ballots.

If Trump was a Conspiracy then his job was to make the plebs think they had a choice, to drag them to the voting booth, to create the illusion of legitimacy for the new government.  If Trump can not change anything then the next "outsider" will have to put on an even bigger show and let us remember, this election will be a hard act to follow.  My biggest fear is post-election amnesia, everything is already forgotten, let alone remembered in four years time.  Is Wikileaks still chugging away?  Where is that fantastic leak that would supposedly send Hillary straight to jail?  What came of the Podesta emails?  Are his spirits truly cooked?  Are all the FBI investigations to be forgotten?  Come the next election, are we really going to see crimes greater than the Comet Pizza allegations bubble to the surface?  If the alleged crimes of the past year, and especially the last month or week, are forgotten, does that mean they were simply elaborate theatre?  Will people remember this past year and, come the next election, declare "Well, look what happened in 2016!  If that meant nothing, then how on earth could any other news mean anything?  Refuse to participate in the show."

The advantage of the Trump win is the exposure that has already happened.  The Ds and Rs have been exposed.  MSM has been exposed for extreme bias.  The rats that double down on their anti-Trump rhetoric think they are hiding their own crimes when really they are exposing themselves for all the world to see.  The "Love Trumps Hate" protestors are exposing all their own hypocrisy for all the world to see.

Worst thing about this election?  I paid attention.  Politicians lie, especially in the lead up to an election.  Everything they say can be safely ignored.  Damn shame I got sucked into paying attention to this one - for the first time in my life.  But now, in order to gain the attention of people who think like me, the next election will have to have theatrics of an order of magnitude greater than this one.  Scary, eh!   ;)

TruthHammer's picture

Not every pick trump makes it going to please everyone. 

Trump is a hardliner on fighting Terrorism, that means you arent going to get Assange/Snowden love-ins, or someone trying to destroy the intelligence overreach of the US.

Appointing a member of the Bengazhi committee to run the CIA means hillary is completely FUCKED though.  That's a bonus, a big one.

The guy is Half-TeaParty, with NeoCon leanings towards fighting terrorism.  Trump is going to be libertarian on War and Interventionism, but Neo-Con on Islamic Terror.


None of that has to do with "not draining the sawmp"

Seer's picture

Perfect example of why all this SHIT is going to continue!

Terrorism is an idea.  It is the PERFECT tool for govts to exert control.

"Islamic Terror?"  CIA started it all and the western propaganda machine has churned it into something that morons suck up.

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. H. L. Mencken
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Argentumentum's picture

You can ELECT but not SELECT - Trump to Israelis: Together we will stand up to Iran.

If voting could change anything... it would be illegal. Emma Goldman


How many times will the monkeys push the button before they realize they never get the banana?

IndyPat's picture

Swamp draining requires the employment of some rough and unsavory characters as well as some specialized "tools".

Gators and swamp rats are vicious and whily by nature.

What concerned me more was the Tea Party and Koch Bros mentioned in the same sentence. That's fucking laughable.

The best Sun's picture

The one party corporate state

that took away your freedoms

uses the ballot box to stay in power.

What makes anyone think that the

ballot box can be used to get those

freedoms back?

Trump may be all or nothing he

pretends to be.

Either way, it was never going to

make a lick of difference.

Get your own house in order and

stop thinking the system can be

turned to your favour.



Big Brother's picture

Thanks, man.  Big Brother loves you too.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



he not only accused Islamic faith leaders of not doing enough to condemn terrorist attacks, but also suggested they might be encouraging them.



consider me gone's picture

Then we need Chuck Berry for that. He was the king of toilet cams.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) BennyBoy Nov 18, 2016 1:09 PM

From the minute I heard about Ivanka's life and husband I said it spelled doom. Then I learned all his kids are either married to or dating Jews. Fuck this, the whole thing is rotten.

I am OUT.


Neocon Invasion of Team Trump Fully Underway Trump must stop neocon takeover of his administration Wayne Madsen 


The purge of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie loyalists from the Donald Trump presidential transition team has little to do with Christie’s Bridgegate scandal and everything to do with a battle between Bush-era neoconservatives and national security realists for control over key departments of the Trump administration.

It appears that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, the publisher of the New York Observer and someone who is aligned with the Likud Party of Israel, is now the de facto chair of the Trump transition team, especially when it comes to national security matters.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the official chairman of the team, is concentrating on domestic policy appointments, such as the rumored appointment of Texas Senator Ted Cruz as Attorney General.

Kushner fired Christie and Christie loyalist, former House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers, from the transition team and replaced them with the discredited neocon Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy.

It is likely that Gaffney will seek to bring a host of neocons who championed the U.S. invasion of Iraq into the Trump administration.

Also fired was Matthew Freedman, another Christie loyalist. Kushner never liked Christie because as a federal prosecutor in north Jersey, Christie successfully prosecuted Kushner’s father, real estate tycoon Charles Kushner, who received a prison sentence at Christie’s urging.


Where one finds the likes of Gaffney, former CIA director James Woolsey, also a member of the Trump transition team, and John Bolton, rumored to be in consideration for Secretary of State or deputy Secretary of State, one will find the other neocons who drove the United States into wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

These include Richard Perle, who claimed U.S. troops invading Iraq would be met with Iraqis throwing “flowers and candy.” This editor wrote the following about Perle’s fatuous claim in a March 31, 2003, article for CounterPunch: “Perle’s military experience does not permit him to distinguish between flowers and candy and bullets and mortar rounds.”

There is someone far more sinister than Gaffney, Bolton, and Perle chomping at the bit to join the new administration.

Wayne Madsen Reports has learned from multiple knowledgeable sources that the proponent of neo-fascism, Michael Ledeen, is working closely with former Defense Intelligence Agency chief Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, to ensure that as many neocons from the Bush 43 and Reagan eras find senior positions in the Trump administration.

Flynn co-authored a book with Ledeen that was released in July and titled, “The Field of Flight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies.”

The book represents typical neocon pabulum more than it does realism.

In July, Kushner’s Observer, unsurprisingly, published a five-star review of the book.

Flynn, who distinguished himself admirably by suggesting that the Obama administration was coddling the Islamic State and its allied jihadists in Syria, appears not to recognize that it has long been the desire of neocons like Ledeen, Perle, Woolsey, and Bolton to divide the Arab nation-states into warring factions so that Israel can hold ultimate sway over the entire Middle East.

Breitbart launched his site in 2007 from Jerusalem, its a Mossad front.

Most of the posters in the begining were Jews and Christian Zionists. They started to use white nationalists during the primary like they used them in Ukraine, then purged.

I was struck by this photo of Ivanka in cocktail attire, or fox news chick look. She is being used as a distraction for the Jap guys.