For U. diplomats, public hearings could be a catharsis and perhaps a circus


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On the first of November, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent thousands of staff of the Department of State with an internal email: “As American diplomatic winners, we are in real business. . ”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to US soldiers based in Grafenwoehr, Germany 7 November, 2019. Jens Meyer / Pool through REUTERS

While Reuters' e-mail featured focused on global policy challenges, the message from the nervous truth in a diplomatic corps immersed in an immigration investigation was against President Donald Trump who Pompeo put himself off.

Next week there will be three diplomats of the first to give evidence in their open democracy-led hearings in the House of Representatives considering whether Trump should be launched for abuse of power by pushing Ukraine to investigate competition. . If it were, the Seanad would decide that it could be removed.

Ten past and present diplomats provided evidence behind closed doors, under a larger sub-pound. At least four who worried Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, would make a politics-political division.

Pompeo refused to cooperate with the House inquiry and the diplomats were unable to defend a career from attacks. So a White House spokesperson called them “a radical bureaucratic war without being elected to the Constitution.” T

“It would certainly be nice for him to say something supporting the troops. The silence is deaf, ”said career diplomat of Pompeo, former chief executive of CIA about Trump.

In the early stages of the probe, Pompeo challenged his efforts to secure deposits from current and former Government Departments and put the Democrats on bullying and intimidation. He refused to give fopoenas to documents.

When the three diplomats give evidence on Wednesdays and Fridays, and their reputation on the line as they face difficult issues from fellow Trump Republicans in Congress, there will be many support. colleagues.

“People are supportive. I think this is the majority view, ”said a State official with an old State, one of the 10 current officials and diplomats who spoke to Reuters and asked everyone not to have a name to avoid revenge . “There is a sense that we are getting rid of it.”

The officials, served under both the Democratic and Republican administrative administrations, said that the first public hearings for the diplomatic corps were an opportunity to demonstrate that integrity and principle servants are the Americans who lead partisan politics. While they spoke with deep frustration in the Trump Department of State, they stress that they are tasked with carrying out the president's policies.

Trump colleagues point out that he changed the course of foreign policy with the “First First” approach which aims to restore US troops from “endless war” and rebalance trade agreements in favor of America.

“Overall, Taylor and Yovanovitch are watching,” said another official, referring to William Taylor, the best diplomat in Kiev, and Marie Yovanovitch, who replaced him in June after her Trump. to suddenly recall.

Taylor and George Kent, assistant assistant secretary who deals with the daily policy of Ukraine, will be evidence before the House of Information Committee on Wednesday and Yovanovitch will appear on Friday.

The Department of State would not comment on this record after numerous requests. A spokesman confirmed that Christian Brothers News reports that the department intends to give legal assistance to employees who are evidenced.

The White House did not respond to requests for comments.


The investigation inquiry center is focused on a telephone call in July 25 where Trump President of Ukraine pushed Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate unconfirmed corruption allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, who was on board a Ukrainian energy firm.

Pompeo was on the call, but at first he failed to admit that he knew what was there.

Biden is a leading contestant for the Democratic nomination to oppose a Trump bid for re-election next year. He and his son deny injustice.

In view of the closure of the door, the witnesses alleged allegations of whistleblowers that Trump sought the Biden investigation in compensation for a visit to Zelenskiy in White House and the release of almost $ 400 million in US security assistance. to help Ukraine against Russian separators.

“It's not like making Pompeo. It's not his answer, ”said another person who works in the Department of State. “Leverage of State aid is fundamental to political gain. That is so terrible. ”

Trump and Pompeo reject any improper behavior, while the president wants a Democratic motion on his endeavor to cancel 2016 before an election in November 2020.

Pompeo received a state secretary in April 2018 from a career team for some of his unmarried predecessor Rex Tillerson's policies to reverse, for example, by raising promotions and raising the freezing of hire.

One career diplomat said that while “morale is low and everyone is complaining,” Pompeo was better than some of Tillerson because his access to Trump enabled him to make a better advocate for the department.

While the hearings will provide a direct route for the diplomats to Americans, some colleagues are concerned that they will be subject to brutal questioning in the room and vicious attacks outside Trump allies who want to remove their credibility.

“On the one hand, it's good. On the other hand, it's just going to be getting into a circus, ”said one official.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Jonathan Landay and Arshad Mohammed; Edited by Mary Milliken and Howard Goller

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