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Politics Pompeo Demurs After Trump Says He Would ‘Love’ Him to Testify

20:40  26 november  2019
20:40  26 november  2019 Source:   usnews.com

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Pompeo Demurs on Testifying About Trump . (Mark Wilson/Getty Images). Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday brushed off a question about whether he would testify as part of a congressional impeachment inquiry shortly after President Donald Trump said he would " love to have" Pompeo

Trump said he would not send his own lawyers to participate in the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, calling it a "hoax." Trump has previously made comments about allowing high-ranking officials to testify or answer questions but has not taken any steps to make that happen.


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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday brushed off a question about whether he would testify as part of a congressional impeachment inquiry shortly after President Donald Trump said he would "love to have" Pompeo and other top officials appear before lawmakers.

"When the time is right, all good things happen," Pompeo lightheartedly told reporters at the State Department.

The comments came in the course of a wide-ranging press conference during which Pompeo also declined to elaborate on whether he coordinated with Trump's personal lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, to engineer the ouster of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Documents the department released last week suggest the chief diplomat had played a role in the dismissal.

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President Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he would " love " to sit in the Senate chamber while his own impeachment hearing is taking place, adding he would "sit in the front row and stare in their corrupt faces," referring to House and Trump : I'd love for these people to testify , but

Donald Trump suggested that he might actually be open to and is actively considering showing up, taking the Democrats up on their offer and testifying in the I would love to sit down with them. It's all a witch hunt and I would love to clear my name and move on. And that's quite literally the same thing

"I don't have much to say with respect to the Ukraine investigation," Pompeo said Tuesday. "We will continue to comply with all the legal requirements … so that the appropriate oversight can be conducted."

Pompeo also issued a stern warning for China following reports of the broad extent of its crackdown on Uighur Muslims in the northwest Chinese region of Xinjiang, as well as on other minorities. The secretary of state confirmed estimates of 1 million people being held against their will — a rare acknowledgement from an administration that has previously avoided criticizing the economic powerhouse with which it hopes to strike a new trade deal.

"These reports are consistent with an overwhelming and growing body of evidence that the Chinese Communist Party has committed human rights violations and abuses against individuals in mass detention," Pompeo said. "We call on the Chinese government to immediately release all those who are arbitrarily detained and to end its draconian policies that have terrorized its own citizens in Xinjiang."

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He said that Trump had been “submissive and deferential” in the press conference that followed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. Though he has earned respect from Democrats and Republicans alike, on Wednesday afternoon

Trump also said he was having large rallies 'because people want to hear what I want to say ,' while Biden has kept campaign events small due to the pandemic and medical experts advising social distancing. 'Because nobody will show up,' Trump chuckled. 'So far we've had no problem

The secretary congratulated the people of Hong Kong for conducting regional elections on Sunday — despite harsh crackdowns from Chinese officials in recent weeks that human rights advocates say amount to an attempt to bring the former British colony under tighter control from Beijing.

"The U.S. continues to support democratic values and fundamental freedoms of Hong Kong," Pompeo said.

He declined to comment on reports that Trump may veto a bill supporting democracy in Hong Kong that received overwhelming support in Congress. But Pompeo said the president will likely act "before too long," indicating the White House won't let the bill languish on Trump's desk without a signature.

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Trump says Pompeo, Mulvaney could testify in a Senate impeachment trial .
President Trump said he could allow top administration officials to testify in a Senate impeachment trial.The White House has blocked administration officials from cooperating with the House impeachment effort. Asked why he has blocked them from appearing as Democrats have repeatedly requested, Trump said he would like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former Energy Secretary Rick Perry to testify but once again claimed the House proceedings are "unfair.

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