U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a information convention with Greek Overseas Minister Nikos Dendias following their assembly on the Overseas Ministry in Athens, Greece, October 5, 2019. REUTERS/Costas Baltas/Pool
ATHENS (Reuters) – The U.S. State Division has issued an preliminary response to a Congressional request for paperwork as a part of an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned on Saturday.
“The State Division despatched a letter final night time to Congress, which is our preliminary response to the doc request. We are going to clearly do all of the issues we’re required to by legislation,” Pompeo informed a information convention in Greece.
Democrats within the U.S. Home of Representatives are analyzing whether or not there are grounds to question Trump based mostly on a whistleblower’s account that mentioned he requested Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a July 25 telephone name to assist examine Democratic political rival Joe Biden.
Pompeo, who has acknowledged he listened to the decision, mentioned the Trump administration was “extremely targeted in ensuring that we labored with Ukraine in a approach that was applicable”.
Pompeo, on the final leg of a visit to southern Europe, mentioned there have been “clearly politics” concerned within the investigation.
U.S. Home Democrats on Friday subpoenaed the White Home for paperwork they need to see as a part of their impeachment investigation.
Pompeo mentioned there had been congressional inquiries previously that had harassed and abused State Division staff by contacting them immediately and looking for to have them present paperwork and information.
“That’s harassment and I’ll by no means let that occur to my individuals,” he mentioned.
Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Writing by Michele Kambas; Enhancing by Frances Kerry