Pompeo Works To Shrug Off Impeachment Inquiry As Kansas Senate Decision Looms

David Hale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, to be interview for the impeachment inquiry.

On seeing the transcript of the call, Ms Yovanovitch said she was "surprised and dismayed" to hear that Mr Trump had described her as "bad news".

Yovanovitch denied those allegations in a sworn deposition and said she had been told by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan that she was being recalled because the president lost faith in her, even though Sullivan said he was not aware of her doing anything wrong.

"I trust the call, I trust President Zelensky and President Trump, and I trust the fact that the Ukrainians didn't know that the aid had been held and the Ukrainians did nothing to get it released when it was released".

Three senior diplomats are scheduled to testify in public before Congress next week, bringing renewed attention to his leadership as America's top diplomat as the USA juggles several major foreign policy challenges.

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.

That seemed to contradict what Pompeo told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" on October 20.

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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".

She said she was told Mr Lutsenko "was looking to hurt me in the U.S.".

"I clearly follow this a lot less than you do", Pompeo told reporters when asked about it the issue this week while on a visit to Germany.

Asked during a press conference why he never released such a statement, Pompeo instead denied the adviser's testimony. "Not once, George, did Ambassador McKinley say something to me during that entire time period".

Ulrich Brechbuhl, who was subpoenaed to appear before the impeachment panel, was on the plane with Pompeo, who departed early Wednesday morning for Germany.

"At the end of the day, Pompeo's audience is sitting in 1600 Pennsylvania and it's got to be hard when you see the president the vice president, the White House spokeswoman all attacking you and your leader does not speak up for you", Pifer said. "In May, when that took place, he didn't say a thing to me".

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