Mike Pompeo is in Italy attending to some official business or possibly meeting to get to some long-awaited answers as to the Russian probe’s origin.
But before he left he sent a letter to the Dems in Congress telling them he will not allow State Department employees to sit for impeachment depositions setting up a constitutional showdown.
The Trump administration clearly will not comply with the Dems in Congress and will try to move this charade quickly to the Senate where they face certain exoneration.
It could be risky as refusing to comply will be viewed as obstruction, but unless the GOP Senators agree with that characterization, it won’t matter what the House Dems call it.
From NBC: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday accused House Democrats of attempting to “intimidate, bully and treat improperly” five State Department officials whom key committees have asked to interview as part of an impeachment inquiry centering on the Ukraine scandal.
“I am concerned with aspects of your request … that can be understood only as an attempt to intimidate, bully, and treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State, including several career Foreign Service Officers, whom the committee is now targeting,” Pompeo wrote in a letter to House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.
Pompeo claimed he had had been “made aware that Committee staff” had been “sending intimidating communications” to career State Department officials.
“Let me be clear: I will not tolerate such tactics, and I will use all means at my disposal to prevent and expose any attempts to intimidate the dedicated professionals whom I am proud to lead and serve alongside at the Department of State,” Pompeo wrote.
I’m concerned with aspects of the Committee’s request that can be understood only as an attempt to intimidate, bully, & treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State, including several career FSOs. pic.twitter.com/QRtMaXlhQM
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 1, 2019