Whatever hope that Foreign Secretary Mike Pompeo had for staying in the background of the Democratic House House Demolition investigation is under the heat of Amb. William Taylor's damn deposition. The House Democrats are now stepping up their efforts to engage Pompeo in an impeachment investigation that the secretary defiantly encountered.
Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, told lawmakers on Tuesday that Pompeo played a major role in the "irregular" efforts in support of Ukraine, which depended on the willingness of the young government Volodomyr Zelensky's domestic policy To examine rival of Trump.
In a letter to Congress earlier this month, Pompeo said he would cling to relevant communications and materials to protect professional diplomats and officials in his department. However, Congress officials now tell The Daily Beast that they are again trying to gain access to important evidence, saying that Pompeo's reasoning for holding back is superficial. These officials pointed to the history of the State Department, where officials were abused for their alleged loyalty to the Trump administration.
"Pompeo is not just a yes-man to the president, he's a hell-yes man," said Thomas Countryman, who retired from state in January 201
" Pompeo is not only a yes-man to the president, he's a hell-yes-man. "
Former State Department Official Tom Countryman
Following Taylor's statement on Tuesday, and in anticipation of the Deputy Secretary of the Department at the European and Eurasian Affairs Office, Phil Reeker, pressure is mounting against Pompeo Two sources close to the impeachment investigation said they expect additional information from Reeker on Pompeo's role in Giuliani's diplomatic efforts to persuade Ukraine to pollute the presidential candidate of 2020, Joe Biden.
Obviously, [Pompeo] plays a central role in this series of events. I think it would be very useful to hear from him to find out all the necessary facts for the case, "Deputy David Cicilline (D-RI) told The Daily Beast:" It's hard to imagine that he would be completely open because he claps in the middle of a very, very serious way. "
Even before Taylor's dismissal, Pompeo's involvement in the scandal was known Pompeo was in The Trump's Call of July 25 between Trump and Zelensky "Fallen", which allowed investigations of its political rivals after Zelensky had expressed his desire for more US anti-tank missiles for use against separatists sponsored by Russia, a trial quartered by Rudy Giuliani and backed by prosecutors – something that Pompeo Martha Radzatz of ABC had suggested in September that he was unknown.
Shortly thereafter, Pompeo took an obstructive position over the investigation He refused to hand over documents or allow departmental officers to speak with house investigators to protect his employees from bullying in Congress. It did not work. Together with two key figures in the pressure campaign, Special Representative Kurt Volker and Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and former Ambassador of Ukraine Maria Yovanovich, Taylor became the fourth State Department official – and the first to make Pompeo a central figure.
Taylor stated that Pompeo, who recruited him to head the embassy in Kiev, said that he would accept the message only if Pompeo supported him against what he called "a network of political machinations in Kiev and in Washington "calls to undermine the US policy in support of Kiev against Moscow. These machinations had exploded Yovanovich's like-minded ambassadors. Taylor said Pompeo had given Taylor his desired assurances – which meant Pompeo already knew about the shadow efforts on May 28th.
When Taylor arrived in the Ukraine in June, he found little evidence of such support from the secretary. Giuliani, Volker, and Sondland seemed to be responsible for politics, and they urged Zelensky to openly examine the origins of Robert Muller's Trump Russia investigation and a company where Joe Biden's son sat on the board.
"[Pompeo] Giuliani agreed to do something that was incompatible with foreign ministry policies," a former State Department official said. "Obviously he was not able to stop it."
On July 18, Taylor learned that the White House had frozen Ukraine's security aid "for no apparent reason."
Taylor's text message earlier this month made it clear that a catastrophe undermines the anti-corruption policies he considered enforced. On the advice of then National Security Advisor John Bolton, Taylor said he wrote a cable to Pompeo on August 29, an official State Department document describing "the folly he could not and did not want to defend" Answer received.
Foreign Ministry spokesmen did not answer questions about what happened with the cable on August 29th. Nor did they identify any disputes they had with Taylor's characterizations of events. Shortly after Taylor's dismissal, White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said she was fighting "radical, unelected bureaucrats." The State Department made no statement in defense of Taylor, which baffled Countryman and other diplomatic veterans.
Countryman said, "I believe that if Mr. Pompeo ever takes one of the leadership lessons I learn at West Point" – Pompeo is like Taylor graduated from the US Military Academy – "he has long since forgotten."
On Wednesday, congressmen heading the impeachment investigation wrote to Pompeo deputy John Sullivan to reaffirm their demand for "specific documents held, held or controlled by Foggy Bottom," including documents recently described by witnesses. The material in question includes "diplomatic cables", probably a reference to the mailing of Pompeo announced by Taylor on August 29, as well as texts, e-mails and "memoranda" documenting the efforts to urge Ukraine politically motivated investigations for the benefit of President Trump.
Such memoranda, the Democrats claimed, "raise concerns about misrepresentations made by the ministry to committees," and "document efforts to intimidate or silence employees."
Some of these records may well be the light of day On Wednesday, a federal judge ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to publish documents on Ukraine's efforts, including those concerning the involvement of Giuliani and the dismissal of Yovanovich, within 30 days.
– with additional coverage by Sam Brodey