Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions is facing pushback from the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Gov. Mark Dayton, 69, becomes unsteady and strikes his head on a lectern before recovering several minutes later.
Democrats had questioned his views on torture and surveillance, but Pompeo still won confirmation by the Senate.
His antics show the risks of having a commander-in-chief motivated by moment-by-moment reactions on social media.
Sean Spicer denies that President Trump's speech at the agency hurt his relationship with the intelligence community.