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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 Emerges as a Major Trump Enabler in Ukraine Affair

  Pompeo Emerges as a Major Trump Enabler in Ukraine Affair Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has for months deflected questions about whether the Trump administration demanded political favors from Ukraine in exchange for military aid. He has refused to explain why he recalled the American ambassador, declared that it was “inappropriate” for his diplomats to testify before Congress and declined to hand over documents to impeachment investigators. On Wednesday, Gordon D. Sondland, the American ambassador to the European Union, filled in the blanks: He said Mr. Pompeo and his top aides “knew what we were doing, and why,” and recited emails he wrote to Mr. Pompeo about the quid pro quo demanded by President Trump.

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.

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.

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.

Pompeo refuses to say what he and Giuliani talked about in newly disclosed calls

  Pompeo refuses to say what he and Giuliani talked about in newly disclosed calls The State Department released emails Friday showing that Pompeo and Giuliani spoke by phone twice in late March.The State Department released emails late Friday night showing that Pompeo and Giuliani spoke by phone in late March, as Giuliani was ramping up pressure on Ukrainian officials to open two investigations that would benefit Trump politically. The documents, turned over after a court ordered the State Department to comply with a freedom of information request, do not reveal the subject or context of the two Pompeo-Giuliani conversations.

"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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Read: William Taylor's opening statement at impeachment hearing(Pictured) Donald Trump, accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaks on Oct. 23 in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.

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