Pompeo rebukes senior Democrats in controversy over watchdog firing probe

In a letter issued on Friday and issued by the State Department on Tuesday, Pompeo said the State Department has instructed sub-officers not to “appear for deposited deposits, unless a mutually acceptable Accommodation cannot be reached. “

Pompeo argued that the subpoenas issued by Engel, New York’s House Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, members of the ranking of Robert Menendez of New Jersey “to exclude agency counsel” and as they ” Are not constitutionally valid. ”

On August 3, Democratic lawmakers called for under-management secretary Brian Bulatao, acting legal adviser Marik String, deputy assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs Michael Miller and senior adviser Porter as part of Lineic’s sudden investigation. – They issued. Ouster in mid-May.

Pompeo said Bulato, String, Miller and the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper “is up and ready for a classified session on Thursday, August 13 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. And on record hearing with the House Foreign Affairs and House Oversight Committees”.

“The committee has subdued four individuals who are under concurrent influence,” a Congressional aide working on the investigation into Linnick’s firing told CNN.

The top US diplomat refused to offer Porter – a longtime ally of Pompeo, who may have knowledge of whether taxpayer resources were misused by Pompeios – during that session. In the letter, Pompeo said that on July 31, the department had “offered a briefing with appropriate officials who, unlike Ms. Porter, are in fact responsible for the approval of resources and can speak officially on such matters.”

“In addition, we further offered to discuss the proper way in which Ms. Porter could potentially address any outstanding questions,” he wrote. “It is also important to note that Ms. Porter has no knowledge or knowledge of the Secretary’s decision to remove Mr. Linnick as Inspector General of the State Department.”

In his letter, Pompeo claimed that the House Foreign Affairs Committee had “rejected more than a dozen good faith housing proposals.”

“In the absence of any other explanation, we are left with the conclusion that the committee does not really want to receive information from the department, much less the truth has been completely disseminated in a public hearing, but instead, You are satisfied with pursuing a bogus investigation. Pompeo wrote, “To spend huge amounts of resources and time behind closed doors and offering housing, the Department requires that the committee have any intention of seriously considering Did not, ”Pompeo wrote.

On Tuesday, a report by the State Department watchdog found that the agency had complied with legal requirements in declaring an emergency to sell billions of dollars of weapons to Gulf allies, but fully covered the risk to civilians involved with that sale Did not assess from.

Pompeo said on Twitter that “the IG has completely laid off the department’s dedicated professionals from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs”.

“I’m sorry that @RepEliotEngel and @SenatorMenendez misused their committees for political games,” he wrote.

Engel retreated with “Nice try”.

“@StateDept showed the details saying it was a felony emergency. @StateDeptPM may have lied to Congress about it. You fired @StateOIG who was watching it. Why? To sell it. Will kill innocent Yemenis and then cover it up. Up, “the New York Democrat wrote.