A career diplomat who served as senior advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has decided to resign, two State Department officials told NBC News on Thursday, as foreign officials are in the midst of a confrontation between whites House and Democratic legislators, which lead an impeachment investigation.
P. Michael McKinley, a seasoned foreign official who served as ambassador to Afghanistan, Colombia, Brazil and Peru, has told his colleagues that he is resigning.
McKinley's resignation was first reported by the Washington Post.
The US State Department did not respond to requests for comments.
The fact that the government treats the impeachment investigation against Ukraine and treats the officials summoned to testify before the Congress is increasingly worrisome among professional diplomats. Earlier this week, Pompeo had last-minute prevented the US Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, from appearing in front of the House of Representatives legislators as Ambassador to Ukraine months ahead of schedule after being attacked by right-wing media. Yovanovitch was also asked to appear before the House committees, but it is still unclear whether the State Department will allow it to testify.
In text messages released last week, the top diplomat in Kiev, succeeding Yovanovitch, William Taylor, expressed that the Trump administration seemed prepared to withhold military aid to Ukraine if the government did not agree to conduct investigations in favor of the president's personal political agenda.
Former diplomats have accused the Trump administration of defying morality in the State Department and indicted whites The House of Sidelining warns officials of political disputes.
The American Foreign Service Association, which represents the workforce of the US State Department, recently released an unusual warning of attempts to lend political impetus to bipartisan diplomacy.
"Our members have taken an oath to the US and are doing their utmost to support US foreign policy under the leadership of the elected leaders of our democracy," it said.
"We urge that their ministry, which is sometimes under the most severe hardship and security risks, should not be politicized and that they should not become involved in party-political struggles.