Much has come out in the past few days concerning the “Ukrainian Call” that has led to an impeachment inquiry by the House of Representatives. As pressure has mounted on Trump, he has made more than one statement/inference about the anonymous whistleblower who initially “got the ball rolling” against him.
That happened after his newly appointed Director of National Intelligence decided to not send the report to Congress, as many say should happen without exception — but sent it to the White House and Justice Department to consider. The result was them deciding to hold and hide the complaint (which was against Trump himself) who some say traded our National Security for his own personal gain in that call to the President of Ukraine.
At a recent event, Trump alluded to the whistleblower being a “spy” and inferring that we should go back to executing such spies.
He also has tweeted about wanting to “meet” the whistleblower and suggesting “serious consequences” for them.
Many see these as happenings as witness intimidation.
So, now it seems that Trump and Company are trying to “flip the script” on intimidating tactics and has sent his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to lead the attack.
Today, Pompeo accused the committees asking for documents to be turned over and testimony by people in the State Department amounted to “bullying” and “intimidation.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed back in a letter on Tuesday morning on a demand from three House committees for American diplomats to sit this week for depositions on Capitol Hill, saying the effort amounted to “an act of intimidation” and did not allow enough time for the State Department to properly respond.
Of course, this attack has not gotten very far — just as the Administration’s previous tactics to deflect and distract have floundered.
The chairmen of the Committees that Pompeo addressed fired back with a statement of their own.
Chairs of @HouseIntel, @HouseForeign and @OversightDems issue statement on Secretary of State Pompeo's stonewalling House impeachment inquiry:
"He should immediately cease intimidating Department witnesses in order to protect himself and the President."https://t.co/AnoqbtSwwJ pic.twitter.com/gKsJhcMKyB
— House Intelligence Committee (@HouseIntel) October 1, 2019
It is also interesting to note that Pompeo actually came to fame by trying to hammer then Secretary of State Clinton during the failed “Benghazi hearings.” So, does he feel that oversight is OK when he is a Congressional member, but it is not OK when he is in the administration and the one being questioned?
It appears to a growing number that Pompeo himself may be in this as deep as Trump. If true, these tactics, which could increase his troubles, could end up costing him “bigly” — as Trump would say.