CIA Director Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's election as Foreign Minister, came under fire earlier this month for failing to disclose business relationships with two Chinese-controlled companies.
Now, documents reviewed by HuffPost show that Pompeo's connections to foreign oil and gas companies are even more extensive than previously reported. But despite the evidence, Pompey continues to deny his foreign complications, one source from the Senate who wanted to remain anonymous to talk to HuffPost about unpublished trials.
The Republicans expect to bring Pompeo's nomination to a vote before the full Senate this week. Several Democrats have signaled that they intend to support him, which makes it likely that he will be confirmed.
But his failure to speak openly about his business dealings with a foreign-owned company has raised questions about how he will act as the nation's highest diplomat, especially in the midst of an escalating trade conflict between the US and China.
"Director Pompeo was either unaware that he was doing business with a Chinese-controlled company, or he knew and decided to conceal this fact from Congress," Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat of the Intelligence Committee, said according to the first reports, Pompeo had failed to reveal foreign relations. "No option is acceptable to a man responsible for the most sensitive diplomatic affairs of our nation."
Pompeo failed to mention the Chinese companies on a compulsory questionnaire that he completed last year for his approval by the Senate for the CIA. Asked if he has received "compensation from a foreign government or government controlled by a foreign government over the past decade," Pompeo wrote "No." Reported McClatchy about his company's ties to Sinopec, an oil and gas giant which is majority owned by China Petrochemical Corporation. Documents that HuffPost Wednesday has seen show that Sentry International, a Kansas company in which Pompeo served as president, imported products from two subsidiaries of state-owned oil company China National Petroleum Corporation. Transactions ̵
According to McClatchy's first news story, Sen. Bob Menendez, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, vowed to ask Pompeo for the omission. On Wednesday, HuffPost learned that Pompeo was ready to respond to the questionnaire in response to a written question sent by Menendez Pompeo after hearing the committee.
"Do you stick to the statement in your [questionnaire] for the previous 10 years in which you were not involved in any financial or business transactions with an entity controlled by a foreign government?" Menendez asked.
The CIA did not respond immediately to HuffPost's request. In response to McClatchy's report, a CIA spokesman said, "Mr. Pompeo was president of an American company in Kansas that sold products in many different countries, Canada and China, to name but two." In fact, the paperclips that produced the He said he had no reason to learn about the layers of companies that may have owned shares in any foreign company that supplied products to his Kansas company. "
Pompeo submitted a new questionnaire to the Senate his appointment as State Secretary; The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has not made its answers public.
The Senators in Pompeo's Foreign Relations Committee have shared the importance of his omission.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, considered the omissions trivial. He "did not announce that he had bought a pump that was resold by a Chinese company," Burr told McClatchy. "It's like buying a pair of shoes at K-Mart."
On Tuesday, the committee briefly recommended Pompeo after Senator Paul (R-Ky.) Reversed his former opposition.
Pompeo served as President of Sentry International from 2006 to 2010. The Kansas-based company and its subsidiaries sold and purchased oil and gas equipment worldwide, including some Chinese-made equipment.
Among its manufacturers, DQE International, which sent nine shipments, including pumping units, to Sentry only in 2009. A Securities and Exchange Commission disclosed that since 2010 DQE International has been owned by CNPC Daqing Petroleum, a subsidiary of the state China National Petroleum Corp.
Another Sentry Supplier was China Petroleum Technology & Development Corp. The company that sent Sentry three shipments of pumping units in 2007 reveals on its website that it is also a China National Petroleum Co
Records of Sentry's suppliers were obtained from Panjiva, a global supply chain monitoring company.
In his statement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Pompeo signaled his willingness to engage in confrontation with China.
"Although America has regained a strong position in our diplomatic relations, China continues its concerted and coordinated efforts to compete diplomatically, militarily and economically with the United States," he said. "For years, through IP theft and forced technology transfer, China has exploited weak US trade policies and brought wealth and secrets from our economy, militarily continuing its provocation in the South and East China Sea, cyberspace and even space." This government is determined to work diplomatically with the Chinese government to develop a more productive bilateral partnership. "