14:05 01.10.2019 (updated 14:06 01.10.2019) Short URL
The US Democrats' request for statements by State Department officials in the Trump-Ukraine investigation is an attempt to intimidate them, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Pompeo published on Tuesday (1) on Twitter a letter sent to the chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, Elliot Engel.
I 'm concerned with aspects of the Committee' s request that can only be understood as an attempt to intimidate, bully, & treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State, including several career FSOs. pic.twitter.com/QRtMaXlhQM
– Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 1, 2019
I am concerned about aspects of the committee's request that may be construed solely as an attempt to intimidate, harass, and improperly treat distinguished State Department professionals.
The Secretary of State added that he will not tolerate these tactics and will do his best to prevent these attempts.
On Friday, the US Foreign Committee issued a subpoena to Pompeo for documents related to President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry.
Committee members also sent a letter to Pompeo notifying the secretary of the scheduled statements with State Department officials.
Testimonial officials include former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker, Assistant Deputy Secretary George Kent and European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
Pompeo said the statement raises legal concerns and the requested dates are not feasible.
"The Department will contact the Committee in the near future as we gain clarity on these issues."
Democrats in the US House of Representatives have filed an impeachment case against Trump based on a whistleblower alleging presidential misconduct during a July 25 telephone conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.
The complaint says Trump asked Zelensky for an investigation in Ukraine against his likely opponent in the 2020 US presidential election, Joe Biden, and also about the presidential son.
Trump released the transcript of the conversation with Zelensky and denied any of the allegations against him, saying Democrats are engaging in a witch hunt in an attempt to reverse the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
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