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Democratic senators press Pompeo for answers on dismissal of ambassador to Ukraine


Added 10-10-19 05:58:02pm EST - “Ten Democratic senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday seeking answers on the May removal of then-ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Democratic senators press Pompeo for answers on dismissal of ambassador to Ukraine”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Ten Democratic senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee wrote to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOn The Money: Fed officials saw rising risk of recession | Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz blast NBA for 'outrageous' response to China | Prospects dim for trade breakthrough with China Democrats plow ahead as Trump seeks to hobble impeachment effort Pompeo insists US didn't give Turkey 'green light' to invade MORE Thursday seeking answers on the May removal of then-ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

The senators, led by Ranking Member Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSenators ask Treasury to probe Brazilian meatpacker with major US footprint Top Foreign Relations Democrat calls on Pompeo to recuse himself from Ukraine matters Democrats question Pence, Perry on travel to Ukraine MORE (D-N.J.), asked Pompeo not to “impede” Yovanovitch’s upcoming deposition to Congress and shield her from any possible retaliation.

The letter accused Pompeo of remaining silent amid a “smear campaign” of Yovanovitch by figures including President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats request testimony from Trump's former Russia adviser Trump adviser: 'He should stop saying things that are untrue' US moves British ISIS suspects from Syria amid Turkish invasion MORE, his son Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpLouisiana GOP bring in big names to block Democratic governor Key Republicans split with Trump on Biden investigation push Ocasio-Cortez says woman who suggested 'eating babies' was Trump supporter MORE and his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrey Gowdy joins Trump's legal team Trump asked Tillerson to interfere in DOJ case against Giuliani client: report Barr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday MORE.

It further claims Pompeo has refused to publicly support State Department personnel amid Trump’s ongoing attacks on the unnamed whistleblower whose complaint about his July call with Ukraine’s president led the House to launch an impeachment inquiry.

“As the head of our country’s global diplomatic force, your refusal to stand up for career employees and support whistleblowers is disturbing,” the letter states. “It is incumbent on you not to further the President’s damaging and unfounded attacks, but to send a simple message to everyone who works at the Department of State—you have their backs.”

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