Booker Challenges Pompeo On View That Homosexuality Is 'Perversion'

Pompeo meets with Sen. Bob Corker on Capitol Hill in Washington

During a grilling by a Senate committee, Mr Pompeo said he had been interviewed by the Russian election meddling investigation but declined to answer questions about what was discussed. He maintained he wants to improve the Iran deal and would continue efforts to do so even if Trump withdraws from it as he has threatened.

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey pushed hard on secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo over his alleged anti-gay views. Lawmakers are concerned the president may seek Mueller's ouster to try to shut down the investigation, and the White House has said it believes Trump does have the authority to fire him if desired.

Throughout the hearing, he drew a sharp contrast between himself and Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil who Trump unceremoniously fired last month. "My instincts tell me no", he replied, adding that the obligation to serve is "more important at increased time of political domestic turmoil".

"I take a back seat to no one" when it comes to standing up to Russia, Pompeo said.

Pompeo said he didn't precisely recall the discussion, but said the suggestion that Trump asked him to do anything improper "is false".

Pompeo, now chief of the Central Intelligence Agency, has been nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to replace Rex Tillerson, who was sacked by Trump from the post last month.

Booker then pressed on, asking repeatedly, "Yes or no, do you still believe gay sex is a perversion?" Pompeo suggests the USA needs to impose more sanctions on Russian Federation.

"Senator, again I'm not going to talk about private conversations I've had with the president", Pompeo said.

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