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Ukraine scandal deepens crisis roiling State Department

Mike Pompeo speaking at a lectern in front of an American flag
Secretary Pompeo. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

In the wake of revelations about President Trump's shadow Ukraine diplomacy, the State Department has found itself in arguably its worst internal crisis since the Red Scare purges of the McCarthy era.

Why it matters: Like the military, the U.S. diplomatic corps is meant to do its work apart from the partisan political fray of Washington. But evidence suggests the Trump administration has interfered with that mission, circumventing career officials in the process, to pursue personal business interests and political aims.

Hillary Clinton gives her take on Pompeo Ukraine report to Colbert

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at Georgetown University September 27
Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton didn't hold back on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Monday on her thoughts about reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was listening during President Trump’s call with Ukraine's leader.

The big picture: The Wall Street Journal first published the report on Pompeo just before the former secretary of state appeared on the late-night CBS show with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, to discuss their new book.