Schumer asks Trump to keep CIA chief until Monday

CIA Director John Brennan listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian Intelligence Activities. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(CNN)As the Senate squabbles over whether to confirm Rep. Mike Pompeo on Friday as CIA director, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is urging the Trump administration to keep John Brennan in the top intelligence job until Monday.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office said hours later it had been formally informed that Brennan and the deputy director have resigned, underscoring Republicans' desire for Pompeo to be confirmed Friday.
Schumer had asked Vice President-elect Mike Pence to keep Brennan on, according to a Schumer aide.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, accused Schumer of breaking an agreement to confirm Pompeo on Friday.
    "We had a deal with Schumer but apparently he's broken that," Burr told CNN.
    As he headed into McConnell's office for a pre-inaugural meeting to discuss the issue, Burr said he had agreed to a Democratic request to change by one day the Intelligence Committee's confirmation hearing for Pompeo in exchange for Schumer's word that Pompeo would be voted on by the Senate on Inauguration Day.
    But a senior Senate Democratic aide disputed that was agreed to by Schumer and said the Pompeo hearing was moved from Wednesday to accommodate Democratic senators who were stretched thin between multiple confirmation hearings that same day.
    Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, a member of the Intelligence Committee, was overheard in a Capitol corridor informing several other GOP senators about the issue and firing them up to fight Schumer.
    "I hope we'll stay in session for as long as it takes to get Rep. Pompeo confirmed," Cotton said in an interview a few minutes later.
    Democrats argued that a CIA director had never been confirmed on Inauguration Day before and Pompeo has controversial views on surveillance and other issues that should be debated on the floor.
    "There are some serious questions as to what Pompeo is gong to do at the CIA," said Sen Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut. "We ought to be able to have a debate on the Senate floor."
    The comments come as the GOP is planning a major push to get more Trump nominees confirmed soon -- with Sen. John Cornyn of Texas advocating for all-night, all-weekend sessions to get at least five more nominees confirmed.