Mike Pompeo Plans to Resign, Run for Senate

Mike Pompeo Plans to Resign, Run for Senate

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Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, during the second public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump.

A United States diplomat who is a pivotal witness in the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump says he worked with the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine issues on "the president's orders".

Trump and his loyalists were angered at Pompeo for the damning testimony against the Republican president given by the senior diplomats involved in the scandal and demanded Pompeo's strong support of the president. "Very pleased with the team", he also said.

He added, "Everyone was in the loop".

However NBC Information, quoting nameless officers, reported Monday that the president has been fuming that Pompeo is accountable for hiring officers who've testified and for not stopping them from talking to Congress.

"I don't know how that's irregular", Sondland said.

"Sounds like you might not have been", Pompeo quipped. "We kept the State Department leadership and others apprised of what we were doing".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference at a Foreign ministers meeting at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels, Nov. 20, 2019.

Sondland said Trump never told him directly that the aid to Ukraine was conditioned on Ukraine announcing investigation.

Hale, the under secretary of state for political affairs, is the third-highest-ranked official at the State Department. "Any suggestion to the contrary is flat-out false".

The three Republicans told the magazine that Pompeo was planning to stay on as secretary of state for the next year, but the impeachment inquiry could prompt an earlier exit.

"I'll defer to the White House about particular statements and the like", Pompeo said.

House committees have released the transcript of David Hale's testimony before the impeachment inquiry.

When ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Pompeo on October 20 if it would be appropriate to put conditions on aid to Ukraine, Pompeo said he would not comment on a hypothetical. Marc Short, Pence's chief of staff, disputed that Sondland had ever discussed the stalled security aid with Pence.

Pompeo, speaking in Brussels on Wednesday, declined to recuse himself from decisions on releasing documents and refused to comment on Sondland's allegations about his involvement in the Ukraine dealings. Career US diplomats have portrayed Mr Sondland in their testimony as a central figure in what became a shadow and "irregular" Ukraine policy operation, undercutting official channels and pressing Kiev to investigate the Bidens. "I was working on it".

"We did not want to work with Mr Giuliani".

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