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Mike Pompeo pushing back against House Democrats


Key facts and latest news

  • The State Department inspector general will brief congressional committee staff about unspecified documents on Wednesday.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to House committees scheduling depositions from State Department officials, calling it an attempt to “bully” diplomats.
  • House committee chairs warned Pompeo not to obstruct the impeachment inquiry.
  • In a July phone call, President Trump urged the president of Ukraine to open an investigation targeting Joe Biden.
  • Soon after the call, White House officials moved a record of the call to a highly classified computer system, severely restricting who could access it.

Washington – House Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry into President Trump are maintaining pressure on the State Department, warning Secretary of State Mike Pompeo against obstructing their probe.

On Tuesday, Pompeo accused Democrats of trying to “bully” and “intimidate” State Department officials by scheduling depositions about their involvement with President Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president on short notice.

“I am concerned with aspects of your request, described more fully below, that can be understood only as an attempt to intimidate, bully, and treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State, including several career Foreign Service Officers,” Pompeo wrote to the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Pompeo was revealed to have been on the call between Mr. Trump and the Ukrainian president, a development first reported by The Wall Street Journal. That development prompted the chairmen of three committees to warn Pompeo he would be considered a “fact witness” and should play no role in dictating investigators’ access to witnesses or documents.

“He should immediately cease intimidating Department witnesses in order to protect himself and the President,” they said in a statement.

The clash comes ahead of a hastily scheduled mysterious briefing requested by the State Department’s inspector general, who requested a meeting to review unspecified documents with staffers of relevant congressional committees on Wednesday afternoon. — Stefan Becket

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