On Tuesday, Secretary of State blasted the House Democrats’ attempt to depose State Department officials as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry into Pres. Trump.
In a stinging letter to Democrats, Pompeo stated; “Let me be clear: I will not tolerate such tactics,” to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., which he shared in a tweet.
This past Friday, three Democrat-led House committee leaders subpoenaed Pompeo for documents related to an impeachment inquiry form formally announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi against Pres. Trump. Their letters also stated how they had scheduled depositions over the next two weeks with five State Department officials. Pompeo said this timeline is “not feasible” in his letter.
In a fiery letter to the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described lawmakers’ demand for depositions by five officials who played a role in U.S. relations with Ukraine as “an attempt to intimidate, bully, and treat improperly, the distinguished professionals of the Department of State.” [Washington Post]
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. pic.twitter.com/QRtMaXlhQM
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 1, 2019
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Here is the letter. Pompeo accuses Engel and his committee of trying to compel employees without issuing subpoenas for depositions, not allowing enough time for witnesses it seeks to compel to prepare, denying State Department counsel to participate in depositions and requesting each witness to personally produce a “vast amount of documents” which would violate civil and criminal statutes.
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