Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses Trump-Ukraine controversy

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses Trump-Ukraine controversy
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses Trump-Ukraine controversy
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On Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directly addressed the controversy surrounding a July phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. While speaking to the press, Pompeo confirmed reports that he was on the call. Pompeo described his involvement in the conversation as routine and appropriate.

“I was on the phone call but it was in the context of now, I guess, I had been the secretary of state for coming on a year and a half,” Pompeo told reporters. “I know precisely what the American policy is with respect to Ukraine. It has been remarkably consistent and we will continue to drive those set of outcomes.”

Pompeo also pushed back on actions from Democratic lawmakers. He criticized efforts to collect depositions from multiple State Department employees, condemning the methods of Democratic leadership.

“What we objected to was the demands that were put that deeply violate fundamental principles of the separation of powers,” Pompeo said Wednesday. “They contacted State Department employees directly and told them not to contact legal counsel at the State Department, at least that has been reported to us.

“So, the response that I provided to them was one that acknowledged that we will, of course, do our constitutional duty to cooperate with the co-equal branch but we are going to do so in a way that is consistent with the fundamental values of the American system,” Pompeo continued.

Pompeo then accused Democrats of attempting to bully and intimidate State Department employees. “That is unacceptable and it’s not something I am going to permit to happen.”

Democratic leadership has already arranged closed-door depositions with two State Department officials. Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, is scheduled to testify later today. Former US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is set to testify next week.

“Any effort by the secretary of the department to intimidate or prevent witnesses from testifying or withhold documents from the committees shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the impeachment inquiry,” Democratic leadership wrote in a letter to Pompeo.

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