Pressure builds on Pompeo as impeachment inquiry charges ahead

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Secretary of state Mike Pompeii is in Germany to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall Germany of course being far away from the impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill which is probably just fine with the secretary who has tried to avoid the spotlight in the impeachment drama nevertheless career diplomats have been testifying and Pompeii does not come across very well in those depositions as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports Mike Pompeii says he walk down memory lane today visiting a Germantown where he served in the U. S. army during the Cold War following him though are many questions about US policy toward the former Soviet Republic of Ukraine at issue is whether the administration delayed security assistance this summer in order to get the Ukrainians to open investigations that are of personal interest to trump what happened in Washington this year was that we provided two hundred and fifty million dollars worth of security systems defense assistance than a hundred and forty million dollars or so of additional security systems just like happened in fiscal year eighteen and fiscal year seventeen he didn't comment on the delay in that aid or the reasons behind it nor did he answer a question about the ambassador he recalled from Ukraine earlier this year Maria von of it too is facing a series of false allegations spread in part by trump's lawyer Rudy guiliani she's testified that she was told she did nothing wrong but that the secretary could no longer protect her from home Pompey was asked at that press conference with Germany's foreign minister you can see the media in Washington suffix and a lot of things that you and I didn't spend any time talking about today house committees have released hundreds of pages of closed door testimony ahead of next week's public hearings one longtime diplomat Mike McKinley said in his deposition that he tried several times to get Pompeii to put out a statement of support for your bondage in late two September and after reading that trump colder bad news and a phone call with Ukraine's president Pompeii would only say that McKinley didn't raise concerns when you've on of its was first withdrawn from Ukraine in may when that took place he didn't say anything to me McKinley quit before testifying about his contacts with Pompey on this in another deposition the current acting ambassador bill Taylor described the cable he sent upon pale raising concerns about what he called the folly of withholding security assistance to Ukraine at a time when Russia was watching he didn't get a response though he heard that the secretary brought those concerns to the White House the White House is called those who have testified radical unelected bureaucrats a former ambassador to Ukraine Stephen Piper's says many are frustrated that Pompey has not stood up for diplomats who are carrying out US policy nor has he distanced himself from trump's private lawyer who is pushing the president's personal agenda I think he's done a lot of damage in the last five or six months by his silence on for example what happened to investor Ivanovic and then the recent criticism leveled at his officers and it creates the impression that you know his audience is really one person is sitting at sixteen hundred Pennsylvania Avenue that sentiment is echoed by Alexander Vershbow a three time U. S. ambassador and former deputy secretary general of NATO secretary Pompeii this clearly made a calculated decision to stand with president trump and possibly support the White House smear campaign against state department officials who have chosen to uphold their oath of office those who have testified do so under subpoena without public support from palm pale but he didn't today that help might be on the way at least to cover part of their mounting legal fees Michele Kelemen NPR news the state

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