Though he’s resolutely refused to discuss his role in the expanding Ukraine scandal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now up to his neck in some very hot water thanks to State Department employees who decided not to run interference for him and instead pushed him right under the proverbial bus.
NBC News reports that a public ethics group had filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request for access to internal State Department documents, and it was believed that Pompeo wanted to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the documents be released. But if that was the case, Pompeo’s employees either didn’t get the message or chose to ignore his wishes.
And those documents directly tie Pompeo to the Ukraine mess which is threatening to destroy the Trump administration:
“The documents were published by American Oversight, which calls itself a non-partisan and nonprofit ethics watchdog and Freedom of Information Act litigator investigating the Trump administration.
“They appear to show two calls between (Rudy) Giuliani and Pompeo in March, around a month before former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, an anti-corruption expert, was abruptly called back to the U.S. in April and then removed from the post.”
In other words, Pompeo was informed that Yovanovitch wouldn’t play ball with the White House’s scheme to bribe and extort Ukraine, as the former ambassador testified to the House Intelligence Committee this week. And now we have the receipts which prove that to be the case:
“The information released Friday reveals a clear paper trail from Rudy Giuliani to the Oval Office to Secretary Pompeo to facilitate Giuliani’s smear campaign against a U.S. ambassador,’ Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight, said in a statement.
“Yovanovitch has told members of Congress in an impeachment inquiry that her reputation was smeared by Giuliani, including false allegations that she badmouthed Trump and was blocking corruption investigations by circulating a ‘do not prosecute’ list and stymieing investigation into the Vice President Joe Biden and his son.”
For months now, there have been rumors that Mike Pompeo is preparing to leave the Trump administration and run for a Senate seat back in his home state of Kansas. Now, however, it looks like the Secretary of State is also facing being impeached and charged with various crimes.
Why does anyone choose to work for Donald Trump? Eventually, they all wind up as victims of his greed, arrogance, and selfishness. Just ask Mike Pompeo.