Day: June 16, 2020

Amid ethics inquiries, Pompeo faces crucial decision on Senate race

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, right, meets with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on May 13. <span class="copyright">(GPO / Getty Images)</span>
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, right, meets with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on May 13. (GPO / Getty Images)

With multiple ethics investigations continuing to hang over him, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is approaching a deadline that could shape his political career.

Pompeo has until Monday to decide whether to file for the Republican primary for Senate in his home state of Kansas.

Although people close to Pompeo doubt he’d step down from his post to run for Senate, America’s top diplomat — a fierce Trump loyalist — has kept speculation going, recently mentioning talks with his “friends back in Kansas.”

Republican leaders have urged Pompeo to run, fearing the party could lose the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Pat Roberts. The seat would normally be safe for Republicans, but strategists in both parties see former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who

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