Trump's Central Intelligence Agency pick set for Senate scrutiny over Russian Federation hacking, torture

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At a confirmation hearing on Thursday, Feinstein asked Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-OH), Trump's nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director, if he would comply with Trump's wishes.

President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the CIA said Thursday that he won't push for the agency to use so-called "enhanced interrogation" techniques, such as waterboarding, against terror suspects.

Mike Pompeo, a Republican congressman from Kansas who was tapped to lead the spy agency, said the intelligence community's assessment that Moscow's top officials ordered Russian intelligence agencies to "aggressively" work to undermine the U.S. election was an "analytical product that is sound".

Pompeo said he accepts the assessment by USA intelligence that Russian Federation was behind the cyberattacks.

The CIA is one of three main intelligence agencies that came to that conclusion.

"Burr and I have committed to conduct a review of the intelligence supporting the Intelligence Community's assessment that Russian Federation, at the direction of President Vladimir Putin-" Warner (D-Va.) said around 10:14 am when the blackout hit.

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Warner continued his remarks - without a microphone - as lawmakers, reporters, protesters and the candidate himself, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), sat in darkness.

He told the committee that he understands that as CIA director he would have to make the transition from a partisan, policymaking politician to an objective intelligence collector.

Former Republican Sen. Bob Dole, present to speak about Pompeo, sat surrounded by lawmakers and press as other senators milled around the well of the hearing room.

Mr Pompeo has been critical of the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran, which granted Tehran sanctions relief for rolling back its nuclear weapons programme.

As a member of the House intelligence committee, Mr Pompeo travelled widely and met many intelligence professionals.

Mr Pompeo graduated first in the class of 1986 at the US Military Academy at West Point.