Sen. Richard Burr said he didn't want to get too "technical" in explaining why it wasn't the Intelligence Committee's job to investigate possible links between the Russian government and Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
Wyden, a member of the Senate's intelligence committee known for championing privacy, said Pompeo, if confirmed, would face "an enormous challenge" pursuing "honorable policies" given statements made by President-elect Donald Trump.
"It's pretty clear about what took place here, about Russian involvement in efforts to hack information and to have an impact on American democracy", Rep. Mike Pompeo (R. -Kan.) told the Senate Intelligence Committee.
At any rate, if you're leading an investigation into Russia's attempts to influence the election, which USA intelligence agencies believe happened for the goal of helping Trump win, it seems odd to limit its scope as Burr proposes.
"When I was talking about the metadata program, I was referring the program that has been changed in fundamental ways by the USA Freedom Act", said Pompeo, which he said he voted for.
King pressed Pompeo for more information, saying, "The fact that you used the word "proof" - "need proof" - that would indicate that you did think it was a credible source of information".
Central Intelligence Agency nominee talks tough against Russian Federation
Pompeo testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee and answered questions on his nomination to head the CIA in the Trump administration. Instead, Pompeo said Russian Federation "has reasserted itself aggressively" by "invading and occupying Ukraine", and furthermore is "doing almost nothing to aid in the destruction of ISIS" with its air campaign in Syria.
Senator Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat, asked Pompeo if he planned, as Central Intelligence Agency director, to recommend changes to the law to allow more USA surveillance. He said it was more important to consider whether Pompeo would speak directly and honestly to Trump on intelligence matters, indicating that it would be necessary in order to avoid any massive foreign policy mistakes.
A handful of senators also asked Pompeo his views on the public's use of encryption, in light of Trump's criticism of Apple for refusing to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock a mass shooter's iPhone. Pompeo said the question is "complex" and noted that the USA government can't request surveillance from foreign countries. As head of the top US intelligence agency, the Kansas congressman would be responsible for shaping policy on espionage matters and national security.
"I saw it up close and personal", Pompeo said in a 2014 Kansas TV interview. Wyden asked if Pompeo would oppose Trump if the president calls for encryption back doors.
A previous version of this post incorrectly stated the House committee on which Pompeo has served. "There's no reason to expect this threat to diminish", Pompeo said at the hearing. He said North Korea has dangerously accelerated its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities.
Japan's Prime Minister gets a taste of Davao hospitality
Abe later left for Australia, where he is to meet the country's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. He was also the first head of government to visit Davao, the largest city in Mindanao.