On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a defiant response to the House Democrats’ committee deposition requests after their attempt to depose State Department officials as part of the ongoing impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump.
On Friday, leaders from three Democrat-led House committees subpoenaed Pompeo for documents related to the impeachment inquiry into the Commander in Chief.
Leaders from three Democrat-led House committees subpoenaed Pompeo for documents after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) formally announced last week that Democrats are pursuing an “impeachment inquiry” against President Trump.
The panels also told Pompeo that they had scheduled depositions between Oct. 2 and Oct. 10 with five State Department officials. Those officials are former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker, Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent, Counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo issued a defiant response Tuesday and said he won’t be bullied: “I’m concerned with aspects of the Committee’s request that can be understood only as an attempt to intimidate, bully, & treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State, including several career FSOs.”
Pompeo added, “Let me be clear: I will not tolerate such tactics, and I will use all means at my disposal to prevent and expose any attempts to intimidate the dedicated professionals whom I am proud to lead and serve alongside at the Department of State.” (Continued Below)
President Trump has called the impeachment probe, which centers on his policy toward Ukraine, “another witch hunt,” and has repeatedly said his call with Ukrainian President Zelensky was “perfect.”
A transcript of the phone call was made public Wednesday, and the House intelligence committee released a redacted version of the whistleblower complaint Thursday, minutes before Acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire testified last week. (Video Below)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s official statement:
Let me be clear: I will not tolerate such tactics, and I will use all means at my disposal to prevent and expose any attempts to intimidate the dedicated professionals whom I am proud to lead and serve alongside at the Department of State.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 1, 2019
President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was also subpoenaed on Monday for key documents related to the Ukraine controversy, as part of Democrats’ formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
Giuliani tweeted Monday night, “I have received a subpoena signed only by Democrat Chairs who have prejudged this case. It raises significant issues concerning legitimacy and constitutional and legal issues including, inter alia, attorney client and other privileges. It will be given appropriate consideration.”
We leave you with Rudy Giuliani explaining more in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News: