Darn that lack of absolute power. Or crony loyalty.
Donald Trump has reportedly turned against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after becoming infuriated by the State Department officials who have testified in the impeachment inquiry. NBC News reports the president has confronted Pompeo about the officials, and what he perceives as a half-hearted effort by the secretary of state to block them from testifying against him. A senior administration official reportedly told the news network that Trump “just felt like, ‘rein your people in.’” The main source of Trump’s anger at Pompeo is reportedly for tapping Ambassador Bill Taylor to be the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. Taylor has provided the House Intelligence Committee with deeply damaging details on the White House’s effort to pressure Ukraine into investigating the Biden family.
I don’t know what Mike Pompeo is going to say today. I do know the first question from reporters should be whether he’s willing to say whatever it is under oath.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) November 18, 2019
— Alison Kodjak (@alikodjak) November 18, 2019
2 days after a whistleblower secretly filed a complaint about President Trump's dealings with Ukraine in August, 2 top congressional staffers arrived in Kyiv on a routine business trip that ended up setting off alarm bells on Capitol Hill. https://t.co/TXt7mPQv8O
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 18, 2019
July 18: Mulvaney has military aid to Ukraine frozen at Trump’s direction.
July 19: Sondland emails Mulvaney to say he has successfully queued up the Trump-Zelensky call, and has primed Zelensky to commit to the investigations. https://t.co/8rI2QMTsVj
— Jesse Lee (@JesseCharlesLee) November 18, 2019
Timeline: Everything we know about Trump, Ukraine and impeachment https://t.co/SDxmY5sw6k
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) November 18, 2019