His nomination was opposed by groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, which noted that his written responses contradicted testimony he gave during his Senate hearing earlier this month.

“Mike Pompeo’s confirmation is a clear sign that Congress has not done enough ‘extreme vetting’ of President Trump’s nominees’ views on human rights,” said Amnesty USA’s executive director Margaret Huang. “While Pompeo sailed through his confirmation hearing, his written answers to the Senate contradict his earlier testimony and could lay the groundwork for the agency to return to torture and secret detention. Torture is a war crime and a grave human rights violation. Moving forward, Congress needs to aggressively scrutinize Pompeo’s CIA to ensure there is no backsliding into torture in the name of security.”

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On the Senate floor Monday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called Pompeo “the wrong man for the job.” Wyden has been outspoken in his opposition to Pompeo, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

“On issue after issue, the Congressman has taken two, three, or four positions, depending on when he says it and who he is talking to. He has done this with surveillance, with torture, with Russia, and a number of other subjects,” Wyden said.

But Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, argued that although he does “not agree with some of the views that Congressman Pompeo” holds, he “convinced me that he will follow the law banning torture.”

As The Intercept‘s Alex Emmons put it, Pompeo’s bipartisan confirmation means the Democrats failed “a crucial first test of whether [they] would present a united front to defend human rights and civil liberties in the Trump era.”

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