Updated Oct 1, 2019

House chairmen accuse Pompeo of "stonewalling" in Ukraine investigation

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a letter to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday accusing Democrats of "an attempt to intimidate, bully, and treat improperly" officials from the State Department who have been asked to cooperate in the Trump-Ukraine investigation.

The latest: The chairmen of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees responded to Pompeo on Tuesday afternoon, accusing him of "stonewalling" and claiming that he may be a "fact witness" in the impeachment inquiry following reports that he was on the now-infamous July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Why it matters: The 3 committees have scheduled depositions with 5 current and former State Department officials as part of an impeachment inquiry related to Trump's alleged efforts to push Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

  • Pompeo's letter claims that the speed and nature of Democrats' investigation raises "significant legal and procedural concerns" and that the requested deposition dates are "not feasible."

The big picture: The first deposition — with ousted U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch — is scheduled to take place on Wednesday. Former Ukraine special envoy Kurt Volker, who resigned his post last week, is scheduled to be deposed on Thursday.

  • Pompeo, who has also received a subpoena from the committees to turn over documents related to the Ukraine investigation, is likely to come under increased scrutiny in the wake of reports that he was on the Trump-Ukraine phone call.
  • Pompeo said in the letter that he would respond to the subpoena by the deadline of Oct. 4.

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House chairmen suggest Pompeo conflict of interest

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The chairs of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees said in a letter Tuesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "appears to have an obvious conflict of interest" over President Trump's impeachment inquiry. And they warn that Pompeo may be in violation of the law if he tries to prevent staff from testifying.

Why it matters: The letter to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan is the latest escalation in a war of words between Pompeo and these House committees probing the Trump administration's alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate 2020 candidate Joe Biden.

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Ex-Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker confirms he will testify in House probe

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Former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, who resigned last week, will appear in a deposition on Thursday as part of the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment investigation, a committee official confirmed to Axios.

Why it matters: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a letter to top House Democrats on Thursday claiming that the deposition dates they had scheduled for 5 former and current State Department officials were "not feasible." Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was scheduled to appear on Wednesday, will now be appearing on Oct. 11 with the agreement of both the committees conducting the Ukraine investigation and her counsel, per the official.

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State Department watchdog requests "urgent" Congress meeting on Ukraine

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State Department Inspector General Steve Linick has requested to meet Wednesday with a number of Senate and House committees "to discuss and provide staff with copies of documents related to the State Department and Ukraine," according to a letter first reported by the Washington Post.

Why it matters: The details of the "urgent" briefing are unknown, but the news follows an escalating war of words between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and key House committees investigating President Trump's alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

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