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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) issued the following statement about the nominations of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo to serve as Secretary of State, and Deputy Director of the CIA Gina Haspel to serve as Director of the CIA:

“I join my colleagues in thanking Rex Tillerson for his dedication and service to the country; I wish him and his family all the best. Mike Pompeo is a proven defender of U.S. national security interests, and I have full confidence in his ability to lead the State Department as well as he has led the CIA. I will continue working closely with him in his new role.

"Gina Haspel is well-respected in the intelligence community and I look forward to her nomination process.”