feinstein and pompeo

California Senator Dianne Feinstein today acquiesced to Trump nominee Mike Pompeo as CIA Director.

Her announcement refers to a conversation in which he pledged to “following the law regarding torture,” which may be the least reassuring statement possible, as the law is moveable.

In his Senate testimony, he promised not to re-start the torture programs from the Bush administration:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), ranking Democrat on the committee, pressed Pompeo to pledge he would not do so even if ordered by Trump.

“Absolutely not,” he promised, adding, “I can’t imagine I would be asked to do that by the president-elect.”

Had he left it “absolutely not”, there would be no objection. Adding what he did, in direct contradiction to Trump’s oft-repeated campaign promise (November 2015March 2016June 2016), puts him in the same truth-free zone as the rest of Trump’s cabinet.

As an added bonus, the public has no way to ever know if the promise has been kept.