Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale said in his impeachment statement that Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo called Fox News host Sean Hannity last spring to ask about the smear campaign against former US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch according to a transcript published on Monday evening.
Pompeo spoke twice with Giuliani about the efforts of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and pro-Trump media to pollute Yovanovitch's reputation in late March regarding the allegations.
At the time, conservative columnist John Solomon had reported that former Ukrainian Attorney General Yuriy Lutsenko said Yovanovitch had given him a "list not to be prosecuted" ̵
Hale said. "I understand he's called Sean Hannity."
When asked what Pompeo said to Hannity, Hale claimed that if there are any allegations, "I have to see what the evidence is."
Hale Explained This Nobody in the Foreign Ministry believed that the allegations that were circulated on Yovanovitch were credible or credible. At the same time, he acknowledged that, despite the assumption that there was no basis for the tradeoffs, that the message to Yovanovitch had declined, there would be no sign of support for her.
Hale's statements are in line with both Yovanovitch's and the State Department's higher officials. Officer George Kent, both of whom said it was her agreement that Pompeo or someone from the US called Fox, the host, to find out What's wrong with the allegations.
Meanwhile, Hannity repeatedly denied that Pompeo had called him the time to call the testimony "fake news" and to insist that he barely covered Yovanovitch during the spring, claiming that he "knew nothing about this woman." He also threatened to file a lawsuit if officials did not stop spreading false rumors and gunk about him.
Shortly after Hale's testimony was dropped on Monday night, Hannity repeated his refusal that Pompeo or anyone from the state called him and exclaimed, "We b I rarely mentioned this woman. "
" Secretary Pompeo never called me, "annoyed Hannity. "Why should you lie about this ?!"
"They are smeared," Fox News Legal Analyst and frequent Hannity guest Gregg Jarrett replied, adding, "Donald Trump has been smeared for nearly three years."