Trump asks Rep. Mike Pompeo to be CIA director, sources say

Republican US Representative from Kansas Mike Pompeo listens as former US Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican US Representative from Kansas Mike Pompeo listens as former US Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has asked Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas to be his CIA director, sources told CNN Friday.

Pompeo was an early supporter of Trump in the House and also staked a tougher line on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton than some other Republicans. Pompeo was one of a handful of conservatives who argued House Benghazi committee chairman Trey Gowdy did not go far enough in his report on Clinton earlier this year.

4 Fast Facts

  • Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo asked to be CIA director
  • Pompeo met with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Thursday
  • Pompeo was an early supporter of trump and vocal critic of Hillary Clinton in Benghazi hearings
  • The Kansas representative said the committee didn’t go far enough in criticizing Clinton

Pompeo met with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the leader of Trump’s transition, at the Capitol Thursday. He declined to comment on their meeting as he left.

The selection of Pompeo rounds out a trio of national security picks Trump has made — including Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for national security advisor. A formal announcement from the incoming administration is expected later Friday morning, sources said.