Merkley Cites Pompeo’s ‘Very Close Association with the Koch Brothers’ as Reason to Oppose Him

‘Specifically, the conflict of interest that he carries into his career through his very, very close association with the Koch brothers’

Merkley Cites Pompeo’s ‘Very Close Association With the Koch Brothers’ As Reason to Oppose Him (The Washington Free Beacon)

Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley (Ore.) gave a lengthy speech Wednesday stating his opposition to secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo because of Pompeo's alleged "conflicts of interest" with Charles and David Koch.

Merkley gave three major reasons to oppose Pompeo's nomination. First, Merkley said he takes issue with Pompeo's "choice of military action over diplomacy." He also said he is concerned about Pompeo's belief that the president can exercise military power without consulting Congress.

The Oregon senator got to his last concern at the end of his speech.

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