Mike Pompeo was confirmed as CIA director by the Senate on Monday, putting the conservative Kansas congressman in charge of an agency that is bracing for its most contentious relationship with the White House in decades.
The vote was 66-32. Pompeo was sworn in Monday evening by Vice President Pence.
As CIA director, Pompeo will be responsible for managing a global spying network at a time of escalating security problems, including renewed aggression from Russia, the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and the splintering terrorism threat posed by the Islamic State.
But, at least initially, Pompeo's most vexing task may involve finding a way to establish a functional...