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Sen. Wyden releases statement on selections for national security adviser and CIA director

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Sen. Ron Wyden (KPTV file image) Sen. Ron Wyden (KPTV file image)
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Three major selections to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team were announced on Friday: national security adviser, attorney general and CIA director. 

As many can imagine, each selection has their fair share of support and criticism.

Trump chose retired U.S. Army Lt. General Mike Flynn for the national security adviser position.

An early and loyal Trump backer, Flynn was forced out as head of Pentagon Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 but it's his anti-Islam positions that have many concerned about the pick, especially since Flynn will not require a Senate confirmation.

Next, Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo was chosen as CIA director. The Army veteran, who graduated first in his class at West Point, is receiving praise.

But some point to Pompeo's role in the Benghazi hearings. The congressman released his own report, faulting Hillary Clinton, when he felt the Republican led committee did not go far enough.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden released a statement regarding the announcement of Flynn and Pompeo:

"The designation of Michael Flynn to be National Security Adviser is deeply alarming. His statements about Muslims are profoundly un-American as well as damaging to the fight against terrorism and national security. He has indicated an openness to torture and the destruction of an entire city, both of which are clearly illegal, not to mention immoral and destructive to America's global leadership. His financial entanglements with Russia and other foreign governments are also cause for concern, particularly given President-elect Trump's refusal to disclose his own finances.

With the designation of Michael Flynn and Steven Bannon, the president-elect has created a White House leadership that embodies the most divisive rhetoric of his campaign. To the extent that these become policies or legislative proposals, I commit to stopping them. I will also approach the confirmation process with the expectation that nominees will, at the very minimum, demonstrate a clear commitment to American values and the rule of law.

In that spirit, I look forward to the confirmation process for Representative Mike Pompeo to be Director of the CIA. Given its recent history of operating a disastrous torture program and then spying on the Senate itself, the agency demands principled leadership now more than ever. Unfortunately, Representative Pompeo's comments in which he asserted that the CIA's torture program was legal and that the American people did not deserve to know about it are deeply troubling."

The third position announced on Friday was Trump's pick for attorney general, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. Sessions is popular among conservatives.

"My colleague, Jeff Session who is going to make an extraordinary attorney general," said Senator Ted Cruz.

Critics of Sessions are quick to point out that he was denied a federal judgeship in 1986 over allegations he made racist remarks. Sessions denied making those remarks.

Looking ahead, Trump is expected to spend the weekend going over more potential picks, that includes a much-anticipated meeting with one-time foe, Mitt Romney, about a possible role as Secretary of State.

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