Politics State Department denies report that Pompeo has been privately telling Republicans he's planning to resign

17:45  20 november  2019
17:45  20 november  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com

Pompeo's Impeachment Role Draws Outcry From Diplomats, Staffers

  Pompeo's Impeachment Role Draws Outcry From Diplomats, Staffers Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been credited with improving State Department staffing and morale, but his treatment of U.S. Foreign Service officers caught in the impeachment inquiry has undercut those efforts, according to current and former career professionals upset over his recent actions. © Alex Edelman/Bloomberg NewsAs the impeachment inquiry increasingly pits the White House against members of the U.S. Foreign Service who have been called to testify, Mr.

Three senior Republicans told Time magazine that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was seeking to resign from the Trump administration and run for the US Senate.

Mike Pompeo wearing a suit and tie© AP/Andrew Harnik

Those plans have apparently been complicated, however, by the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Pompeo was one of the first top officials in the Trump administration to be subpoenaed by House Democrats, but he failed to comply under direction from the White House.

According to the Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, the State Department categorically denies the report.

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The three Republicans included "one who served in the Trump Administration, another who remains in government, and a third who served in several high-ranking posts and is active in GOP politics," Time reported. They spoke with the magazine anonymously to discuss their private conversations with Pompeo.

The three Republicans told the magazine that Pompeo was planning to stay on as secretary of state until early spring but that the impeachment inquiry could prompt an earlier exit.

Pompeo has been widely viewed as a loyal ally to the president, so much so that a former US ambassador described him to The New Yorker as a "heat-seeking missile for Trump's a--." It is unclear whether he has discussed any plans to resign with the president.

Trump's impeachment ire turns on Pompeo amid diplomats' starring roles

  Trump's impeachment ire turns on Pompeo amid diplomats' starring roles Impeachment hearings have created a rift between the president and one of his staunchest allies in the administration.Trump has fumed for weeks that Pompeo is responsible for hiring State Department officials whose congressional testimony threatens to bring down his presidency, the officials said. The president confronted Pompeo about the officials — and what he believed was a lackluster effort by the secretary of state to block their testimony — during lunch at the White House on Oct. 29, those familiar with the matter said.

"Rumors of a Pompeo Senate campaign have circulated for months, and while Pompeo has said repeatedly that he has no intention of running, he has not ruled out a race," Time said. "Pompeo aides previously have denied he was planning to step down."

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He has been deeply implicated in the actions involving Ukraine that are likely to lead to Trump’s impeachment by the House. According to testimony at House hearings from the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, a major Trump donor, and others, Pompeo was “in the loop” in efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to do political favors for Trump.The testimony portrayed Pompeo as willing to sacrifice diplomacy to Trump’s political goals and to countenance the outsourcing of foreign policy to figures like Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s lawyer.

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