Oct 1, 2019

Pompeo was present during Trump's Ukraine call: Reports

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens as President Trump holds a press conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, New York, Sept. 25. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in on President Tump's phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart that led to the whistleblower complaint and ensuing formal impeachment inquiry, the Wall Street Journal first reported Monday. CNN and NBC also report that Pompeo was on the call.

Why it matters: It was not previously reported that Pompeo was present during the call. The reports come as 3 House committees have subpoenaed Pompeo for documents related to investigations on whether Trump jeopardized national security by pressuring Ukraine's president to investigate Biden during the July 25 call.

  • Per NBC, "Pompeo dodged questions about the phone call and the complaint during an interview with ABC's 'This Week' on Sept. 22, days before the White House released a summary of the call that showed Trump asking about the Bidens' dealings in Ukraine."
  • CNN notes that Pompeo said last week he had yet to read the full whistleblower complaint.

The big picture: Pompeo, who departed Monday for a 6-day European trip to Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Greece, has yet to publicly comment on the reports.

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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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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.

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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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