Ex-Pompeo adviser contradicts secretary of state in impeachment inquiry testimony
WASHINGTON -- As President Donald Trump's first CIA director, Mike Pompeo was briefed by agency officials on the extensive evidence -- including U.S. intercepts of conversations between participants -- showing that Russian hackers working for the government of Vladimir Putin had interfered in the
It was Pompeo who helped Trump and Giuliani oust the respected U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch, in April. Both Michael McKinley, a senior adviser to. Pompeo and a four-time ambassador, and Philip T. Reeker, the acting assistant secretary for Europe, testified that they asked State Department leadership to defend Yovanovitch from false accusations, only to be rejected. McKinley said he personally urged Pompeo three times to issue a defense; the revelation of that detail in a transcript released on Monday undercut a declaration Pompeo made in an interview last month that he “never heard” McKinley “say a single thing” about Yovanovitch’s ouster.
Many diplomats now contend that Pompeo has done more damage to the 75,000-person agency than even his predecessor Rex Tillerson, an aloof oil executive reviled by department employees.
On Oct. 23, the three congressional impeachment committees said Pompeo had overseen a “culture of harassment and impunity.” That echoed what Yovanovitch had told investigators: The State Department was being “attacked and hollowed out from within,” she said.
“It seems that the only thing Pompeo is consistently prioritizing is his own personal political ambitions as opposed to what’s actually good for the country’s long-term national interests or the institutional well-being of the State Department,” added Weiss, now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Still, Pompeo’s problems are growing as his frequent trips to Kansas, his adopted home state, come under greater scrutiny.
“He should by all means focus on U.S. diplomacy — remember diplomacy? — and stop hanging out here every chance he gets,” it said.
The revelations on Ukraine have shown Pompeo had direct knowledge of Trump’s shadow policy, and seems to have enabled it.
Though Taylor said that he heard Pompeo brought that Aug. 29 cable to the White House, Pompeo has refused to say what he advised. Some people familiar with the issue say he urged the president to resume military aid in September, fearful that the pressure on Ukrainian leaders for political favors would come back to bite the administration.
Yovanovitch testified that Sullivan had told her that department leaders feared that if they did not remove her immediately from her post, Trump would humiliate her with a tweet.
McKinley told lawmakers Oct. 16 that he resigned recently because department leaders had failed to support diplomats caught up in the impeachment inquiry, and because of “the engagement of our missions to procure negative political information for domestic purposes,” according to a transcript of the testimony.
“Morale at the State Department is rock bottom, but spirits have been lifted by the courage of these patriots,” Wendy Sherman, the department’s third-ranking official under President Barack Obama, said of McKinley and others testifying.
Giuliani said Pompeo had told him that he “was aware of” Giuliani’s efforts, and Giuliani passed a dossier of questionable documents on Ukraine to Pompeo. The State Department special representative for Ukraine, Kurt D. Volker, was involved in Giuliani’s interactions with Ukrainian officials.
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