Oct 4, 2019

Source: Pompeo didn't promise Giuliani he'd investigate Ukraine envelope

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican yesterday. Photo: Vatican Media via Reuters

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo never promised Rudy Giuliani he'd investigate the contents of an envelope that the State Department's inspector general delivered to Congress on Wednesday — or anything related to Ukraine — a source with knowledge of Pompeo's discussions tells Axios.

  • The only Ukrainian project Pompeo oversaw was ex-envoy Kurt Volker's work to reduce corruption and fight Russian aggression, the source says.

Why it matters: This disclosure shows that Pompeo, who has been eyed as a possible candidate for Senate in Kansas, wants to quash any perception that he facilitated the interference of politics in U.S. foreign policy.

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Trump's Rudy problem

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo. Photos by Drew Angerer, Anthony Devlin, Siavosh Hosseini/NurPhoto, and Paul Morigi via Getty Images

Amid near-daily revelations of Rudy Giuliani’s “shadow” foreign policy, senior administration officials are worried that more information could surface connecting official Trump administration policy to Giuliani's personal financial gain.

The big picture: Several people close to the president are infuriated that Giuliani exerts what they see as unwarranted influence over Trump and U.S. foreign policy, with some going so far as to blame him outright for the Ukraine mess.

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Pompeo says he "never saw" Ukraine aid as tied to political investigations

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that he "never saw" the suspension of military aid to Ukraine as being tied to pressure to open investigations into Democrats, telling George Stephanopoulos that he'll leave it to acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to "explain what it is he said and what he intended."

Go deeperArrowOct 20, 2019

Judge orders State Department to turn over Ukraine records in 30 days

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A federal judge on Wednesday gave the State Department 30 days to start producing documents related to the administration's relationship with Ukraine, including communications between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, AP reports

Why it matters: The records, which were sought via a Freedom of Information Act request by ethics watchdog American Oversight, could shed more light on the White House's alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate President Trump's political rivals, which are now at the center of an impeachment inquiry.

Go deeper: Diplomat testifies Trump tied Ukraine aid to Biden, DNC investigations

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