WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo says he’s confident he wouldn’t resign if President Donald Trump moved to halt or interfere in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday that he hasn’t given the matter any thought. But he said he is sure he would follow the lead of previous secretaries of state who “stayed the course” during great domestic political turmoil.
He appeared to be referring to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who remained in his job after President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 over the Watergate scandal.
Pompeo was asked if he would resign specifically if Trump fired special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation, or Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein to whom Mueller reports.