Pompeo: Democrats trying To ‘intimidate’ and 'bully'
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says in a letter to the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Democrats are trying to "intimidate" and "bully" State Department employees. He states that depositions scheduled by the panel are "not feasible."
The U.S. Secretary of State states on his Twitter page: "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.”
In a second tweet message, Pompeo says: "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."
Three House committees have arranged depositions with five current and former State Department officials over the next two weeks. This includes former ambassador to Ukraine Marie "Masha" Yovanovitch and Ukrainian envoy Kurt Volker, who resigned last week.
The chairmen of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees has set an October 4th deadline for Pompeo to produce documents linked to their inquiry of President Donald J. Trump's interactions with Ukraine.