Tag:State Department

Pompeo Shamelessly Refuses to Support Ambassadors Who Testified

Other than Trump, perhaps only Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been more universally criticized for an utter lack of morality, ethics and leadership. It is Pompeo who leads the department in which the earnest and sincere Marie Yovanovitch, Bill Taylor and George Kent work. One might think that Pompeo, as head of the State Department, might have some supportive words for those employees who took such risks and brought honor to their agency. Pompeo was asked at a State Department press conference whether he had anything to say in support of the numerous State Department employees who have valiantly testified regarding the Ukrainian “plot.” Rawstory has the highlights: “Issues surrounding the Democrat [sic] impeachment inquiry — just not going to do it today,” Pompeo said before attacking Democrats over the testimony of Bill Taylor, the acting United States ambassador to Ukraine. “Ambassador [Marie Yovanovitch’s] departure preceded the arrival of Bill Taylor!” he exclaimed, laughing to himself. “Some ideas out there that [Yovanovitch’s removal] was to enable some nefarious purpose, you should all just look at the simple fact that it was Bill Taylor that replaced Ambassador yovanovitch. Yes, we are looking at that. And in the video seen on MSNBC, Pompeo was asked if he could affirm that Taylor’s job was safe within the administration, and Pompeo said nothing at all as he walked out the door. Make no mistake. This is all a message to anyone who might be considering testifying in this matter. They are sending the message that if you testify, you are dead to us, no matter how provocative the facts, no matter how justified, no matter how much you wish it were different, if you testify, you are dead to us. Pompeo’s reaction is every bit as much witness intimidation as Trump’s tweet during Marie Yovanovitch’s testimony. This “regime” is dictatorial in every sense. To the extent they are not inflicting greater punishment upon those who have chosen to testify, it is only because they do not believe they would get away with it. Pompeo was called out in clear and devastating terms by Chuck Rosenberg, MSNBC’s legal analyst during Friday’s Marie Yovanovitch testimony. Rosenberg called Pompeo a coward, who failed to lead his department, all due to shameless allegiance to a man, Trump, over the constitution. This was Pompeo’s response, affirm the dictatorship, punish the dissenters. I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised. But it is infuriating to see in real time. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com and on Twitter @MiciakZoom

UPDATE: Pompeo Has Direct Conflict of Interest and Will Not Recuse

I would update Murf’s perfectly-timed article on the impending meeting requested by the State Department Inspector General and various House committees, but our dashboard is not set-up that way, thus I urge you to read Murf’s, then follow over here. Word is breaking that the I.G. wants to discuss what to do concerning Pompeo’s obvious conflict of interest in the impeachment inquiry, and his refusal to recuse himself: Point 2 https://t.co/ts6qf3UhVf — Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) October 2, 2019 Originally, I thought that this letter was from the Inspector General to the committee chairs, but this letter goes from the Congress to the Under Secretary of State, asserting Pompeo has a conflict of interest, a conflict that is surely to come up during the I.G. discussion with Congress tomorrow. Indeed, it is likely to be the first topic addressed, the fact that Pompeo remains in control of the State Department’s response, despite his conflict of interest. That is likely why the Inspector General believes he needs to speak to Congress. The I.G. does not answer to the Secretary – it’s part of the whistleblower process, the I.G. is an “outside” person to evaluate department problems, – and the I.G. must be concerned that the same conflicted secretary is disallowing State Department employees from properly testifying before Congress. As an update, already, Lawrence O’Donnell is reporting that not only does Pompeo have a conflict of interest, not only should Pompeo recuse himself, but the I.G. doesn’t believe that Pompeo has the authority to prevent witnesses from appearing before Congress, nor does Pompeo have the right to require a State Department attorney present during the Congressional hearings. Last, further from O’Donnell, it is known that a week ago, a request went into the Inspector General to preserve all documents relating to the Ukraine, and from reporting on MSNBC, the I.G. is bringing along many documents pertaining to the Ukrainian investigation, possibly out of fear that the documents would not otherwise see the light of day. It is hard to know. The one thing all do know, this is wholly unprecedented. Not a single guest has seen any situation even approximating this happen before in Washington. More analysis to follow, and thank you to Murf, not meaning to step on anyone’s toes. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com and Twitter @MiciakZoom  

Things Come Undone, Shocking Behavior on the Sunday Morning Shows

Down South, Sunday morning means church. But throughout much of blue America, it means the New York Times, the farmers’ market, and Sunday talk shows, the period during which the news is analyzed, not made. Today revealed, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the nation is coming undone. Where to begin? How about Fox News, where none other than Sith Stephen Miller decried the coup instigated by those anti-American Deep Statists against the greatest president to bless this nation. Up with this, even Chris Wallace would not put: Via CrooksandLiars: “This is a deep state operative, pure and simple,” Miller charged. “People who haven’t been in the federal government, who haven’t worked in the White House may not appreciate this but the situation is you have a group of unelected bureaucrats who think that they need to take down this president.” “Enough with the rhetoric,” Wallace shot back. “Let’s talk about some specific facts in this.” Done? Nyet. “How about answering my question?” Wallace interrupted after Miller tried to avoid the topic. “I understand,” Miller replied. “I understand that you have your question, I have my answer.” “It’s a non-answer at this point,” Wallace observed. Well, alrighty then. It must be frustrating to be the Trumpiest of the Trumpers, go on Trump TV, only to get one’s ass grilled for brunch. Over on CNN, yet another Trump apologist got ridiculed by known liberal Democratic-Socialist Bill Kristol, not at all happy that Trumper David Urban refused to actually answer a question, preferring instead to focus upon meany Adam Schiff and his “made-up” story about Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president. “Pathetic” Kristol labeled the attempt, as the two began shouting over each other: via Rawstory: After Urban frantically attacked Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for reading a parody of the highly redacted transcript of Trump’s conversation with the president of Ukraine, Kristol said he was making too big of a deal about it in order to deflect from the president’s criminality.”This is pathetic,” Kristol began only to have Urban yell over him and what followed was a quick-paced back and forth. “This isn’t about the chairman [Schiff], it’s about the president of the United States,” Kristol charged. “Will you defend the president’s behavior? The real transcript?” Short answer? No. “You think President Trump’s behavior was proper?” Kristol demanded. “Is it proper for Adam Schiff to read something,” Urban attempted, which Kristol dismissed as unimportant. To be real clear, this particular “always-Trumper” believes the real scandal is Schiff’s characterization of the transcript, and not the obvious illegalities within the transcript. Once respectable Republican Lindsey Graham demonstrated that he either continues his descent into madness, or is having an increasingly difficult time fulfilling his role as the wholly compromised U.S. Senator in charge of covering for all things felonious Trump. Lindsey wonders why we haven’t yet heard from all the witnesses and are going forward on “hearsay,” apparently forgetting that Trump admitted to the gist of the charge, and also banking on Trump supporters’ inability to understand the words “impeachment investigation.” Also via Rawstory, from Face the Nation: “The complaint sounds like a legal document,” Graham insisted. “Who helped this guy write it or this girl write it. We are not going to try the president of the United States based on hearsay. […]

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