Mike Pompeo Slams Democrats’ Impeachment Inquiry As a ‘Silly Gotcha Game’
U.S. Secretary of State weighs in on investigation
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the House Democrats impeachment investigation as a “silly gotcha game.”
This is what’s wrong when the world doesn’t focus on the things that are right, the things that matter, the things that impact real people’s lives, and instead, you get caught up in some silly gotcha game.
But Pompeo vowed to be “responsive” to Democrats’ requests for documents along with other information matters related to the July 25 phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky.
Pompeo noted that State had sent Congress an “initial response” letter after a subpoena for documents linked to the House impeachment inquiry.
Democrats complained that Pompeo failed to meet Friday’s deadline to provide the papers.
“We’ll obviously do all the things that we’re required to do by law,” Pompeo said.
“We’re going to be more responsive than the Obama administration was in the years that preceded this particular Congress.”
Last week, Neon Nettle reported the White House whistleblower, who claims that President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate his 2020 rival Joe Biden during a July phone call, is a registered Democrat.
Trump has denied the accusations.
Trump urged Zelensky to investigate Biden’s link to the owner of the energy company Burisma Holdings.
The owner of Burisma, Mykola Zlochevsky, had been under investigation in Ukraine at the same time Hunter Biden was serving as the company’s board member.
Ukraine removed the prosecutor —Viktor Shokin — investigating Zlochevsky at the direction of then-VP Biden.
Pompeo supports the Trump administration’s push to convince Ukraine of investigating Biden and his son.
The secretary also supports the administration’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate possible meddling in the 2016 election on behalf of Democrats.
On Saturday, Pompeo vigorously defended the administration’s efforts.
We know exactly what we were doing there. We were trying to create a situation where there wouldn’t be a corrupt government.
We wanted to make sure that they didn’t interfere in our election in 2016. We wanted to make sure that if we underwrote Javelin missile systems, something that the previous administration refused to do, we wanted to make sure we were doing this with a government that was straight up and would use that money for the things that it said it would use that money for.
“This is what we do,” the secretary declared, deeming Trump’s approach “totally right.”
“When I talk to your foreign minister, he pressures me all the time,” Pompeo told a Greek reporter.
“It is totally appropriate,” he also said.
“Nations do this. Nations work together. They say ‘Boy, goodness gracious if you can help me with X, we’ll help you achieve Y.’ This is what partnerships do. It’s win-win.”