Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in very hot water, and actions he apparently took to help benefit the reelection campaign of his boss, Donald Trump, have wound up getting him subpoenaed.
Politico reports that House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) issued a subpoena Friday morning and accused the secretary of using State Department resources in an attempt to smear presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. In a statement, Engel noted:
“Secretary Pompeo has turned the State Department into an arm of the Trump campaign and he’s not even trying to disguise it. After trying to stonewall virtually every oversight effort by the Foreign Affairs Committee in the last two years, Mr. Pompeo is more than happy to help Senate Republicans advance their conspiracy theories about the Bidens. I want to see the full record of what the department has sent to the Senate and I want the American people to see it too.”
Specifically, Pompeo’s office has turned over 16,080 pages of documents to Senate Republicans that involve the former vice president, his son, Hunter, and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.
Pompeo has until August 7 to respond to the subpoena.
The documents in question are part of a Senate GOP investigation being conducted by the Finance and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees. They focus on an already debunked allegation that the Obama administration and VP Biden tried to have a Ukrainian prosecutor removed to forestall a probe of Hunter Biden and Burisma. The younger Biden served on Burisma’s board of directors, but no evidence of any wrongdoing has ever been brought forward by Republicans.
Instead, the Senate investigation of the Bidens is clearly meant to serve as a sort of payback for the impeachment of Trump, who was accused of attempting to extort Ukraine into giving him damaging information about the Bidens in exchange for military aid. And it is also meant to try and besmirch the name of Joe Biden, who is leading in virtually every poll when matched up against the incumbent president.
Once again, a member of the administration has been caught red-handed trying to help their boss cheat his way to a second term. But Congressional Democrats are pushing back and will not let Trump try and weasel his way back into office.