Trump's CIA Pick Backs Intel Report on Russian Hacking

Pompeo told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he attended last week's meeting at which top us officials briefed Trump on the matter.

CIA leaders in the seventh-floor suites of the agency's headquarters in Langley, Va., are bracing for a confrontation after Trump's team enters the White House next week.

"I can't imagine that I would be asked that by the president-elect or, then, the president ..."

The man picked by Donald Trump to become the next Central Intelligence Agency director vowed today that torture would "absolutely not" be renewed under his leadership, even as he warned terrorism - especially inside the USA homeland - remains the "most immediate threat" to "life and limb of Americans".

Feinstein was one of the harshest critics of the CIA's network of "black sites" to secretly hold terrorism suspects overseas, and its use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other harsh tactics to interrogate them in the years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Senate Intelligence Committee hearing is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

In his opening remarks, Pompeo talked about Russia's activities in other places around the world and suggested that the United States needs to remain wary of Moscow's intentions. Instead, Pompeo said Russian Federation "has reasserted itself aggressively" by "invading and occupying Ukraine", and furthermore is "doing almost nothing to aid in the destruction of ISIS" with its air campaign in Syria.

Pompeo also said the North has "dangerously accelerated its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, with little regard for worldwide pressure".

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"You would be in favor of a new law collecting all of this data about the personal lives of people", Wyden said during Pompeo's nominee hearing on Thursday. Dianne Feinstein, put it, Pompeo was unequivocal: "Senator, absolutely not".

Pompeo also broke with Mr. Trump on the issue of torture: Mr. Trump indicated at several points during the campaign that he would be interested in bringing back waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques.

Congress should allow surveillance agencies to collect "all metadata" and combine it with "publicly available financial and lifestyle information into a comprehensive, searchable database", Pompeo said in an opinion piece he co-authored in January 2016.

On Thursday, Pompeo said the debate about the legitimacy of the US election has served Russian interests and that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind the effort to break into the computer systems of American political organizations and leak stolen documents.

Pompeo said he intends to "keep Americans safe by conducting lawful intelligence collection", but acknowledged his metadata gathering plan would be "unlawful" today.

"I promise I will pursue the facts wherever they take us", Pompeo said. Pompeo said Russian President Vladimir Putin probably gave the order.

"The U.S. must continue to invest wisely to maintain a decisive advantage", he said.

Pompeo is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and later earned a law degree from Harvard Law School.