By Fox News. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is fighting back against House Democrats seeking to depose five State Department officials over the Trump-Ukraine controversy.
In a letter and in tweets on Tuesday, Pompeo accused those Democrats of attempting to “intimidate” and “bully” the State Department’s foreign service officers (FSOs) and said depositions being sought by Congress are “not feasible.”
The “requested dates for depositions are not feasible,” Pompeo wrote, claiming the lawmakers have not given the employees enough time to prepare and voicing concern that they’re trying to prevent State Department counsel from participating in the depositions. Pompeo said Executive Branch counsel would have to be present.
Let me be clear: I will not tolerate such tactics, and I will use all means at my disposal to prevent and expose any attempts to intimidate the dedicated professionals whom I am proud to lead and serve alongside at the Department of State.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 1, 2019
“Let me be clear: I will not tolerate such tactics, and I will use all means at my disposal to prevent and expose any attempts to intimidate the dedicated professionals whom I am proud to lead and serve alongside at the Department of State,” Pompeo tweeted in response to the Democrats’ demand for depositions.
In turn, the Democratic chairmen of the three House committees — House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif. and Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md. — accused Pompeo of “intimidating” witnesses. (Read more from “Pompeo Accuses Dems of ‘Bullying’ State Employees” HERE)
Dems Suggest Pompeo Now ‘Fact Witness’ in Impeachment Inquiry
By Fox News. Reps. Eliot Engel, Adam Schiff and Elijah Cummings, the chairmen of three House committees, informed the State Department in a fiery letter late Tuesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo might now be a “fact witness” in their ongoing impeachment inquiry, after Pompeo accused Dems of trying to “bully” foreign service officers into testifying.
Saying Pompeo “now appears to have an obvious conflict of interest” because he “reportedly participated” in President Trump’s fateful July call with Ukraine’s president, the Democrats also warned that Pompeo could run afoul of obstruction and whistleblower law — crimes, the Democrats noted, that could carry multiyear prison terms. A source familiar with the situation told Fox News that Pompeo was indeed in on the July 25 call at the center of the impeachment drive.
Pompeo “should not be making any decisions regarding witness testimony or document production in order to protect himself or the president,” the Democrats wrote. “Any effort by the secretary of the department to intimidate or prevent witnesses from testifying or withhold documents from the committees shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the impeachment inquiry.” (Read more from “Dems Suggest Pompeo Now ‘Fact Witness’ in Impeachment Inquiry” HERE)