Top US diplomat struggles to shrug off impeachment inquiry

David Hale wearing a suit and tie Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum Sudan on Aug. 7 2019

David Hale wearing a suit and tie Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum Sudan on Aug. 7 2019

He will say the hesitation to support Yovanovitch stemmed from concerns among the officials about how President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who had been pressing to have her removed, would react.

A high State Division official arrived Wednesday to testify within the Home impeachment probe and is predicted to say that the company was reluctant to defend the previous ambassador to Ukraine over fears it might harm efforts to unencumber army support to the nation. The former prosecutor-general later walked back those claims. After memorandum was released, McKinley testified, he pushed Pompeo to release a statement supporting Yovanovitch multiple times.

Former senior State Department adviser Michael McKinley, whose testimony was also released on Monday, told investigators that he was dismayed by the unwarranted animosity against Yovanovitch.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the inquiry in September after a whistleblower's complaint revealed Trump telling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelesnky he wanted an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. On all three occasions, according to the transcript of his deposition, he said he did not get a response from Pompeo.

In the October 20 interview with ABC, Pompeo offered a broad blanket denial that McKinley had ever approached him about a statement at any point from Yovanovitch's return in May until McKinley's resignation at the end of September.

She testified that she saw an agenda set in motion that furthered the politics interests of certain individuals rather than the interests of the U.S. She also said she was shocked to learn that Trump told the president of Ukraine president during their July 25 phone call that she "was going to through some things".

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The State Department's third-ranking official is expected to tell House impeachment investigators Wednesday that political considerations were behind the agency's refusal to deliver a robust defense of the former USA ambassador to Ukraine.

"Nobody ever really said anything to me", he testified later.

Asked about the difference Thursday in Germany, Pompeo initially dismissed the question: "I clearly follow this a lot less than you do. I haven't had the chance - it's a pretty busy world out there - I haven't had the chance to follow this".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, right, address a joint press conference in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on November 7, 2019.

McKinley "wasn't involved in the Ukraine file, so it's not surprising that when Ambassador Yovanovitch returned to the United States that he didn't raise that issue with me", Pompeo said Thursday. "It shouldn't surprise anyone that in May, when that took place, he didn't say a thing to me".

"It would be in part to protect Ambassador Yovanovitch", McKinley testified, explaining what he was told of Pompeo's reasoning.

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