Washington, August 28
The US House Foreign Affairs Committee introduced contempt proceedings in opposition to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday, citing his refusal to adjust to a subpoena for data into his “transparently political misuse” of division sources.
The Democratic chairman of the committee, Eliot Engel, additionally cited a speech Pompeo recorded in Jerusalem for this week’s Republican National Convention and mentioned he had “demonstrated alarming disregard for the laws and rules governing his own conduct and for the tools the constitution provides to prevent government corruption.”
“He seems to think the office he holds, the department he runs, the personnel he oversees, and the taxpayer dollars that pay for all of it are there for his personal and political benefit,” Engel mentioned.
The US State Department didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The committee final month issued a subpoena to Pompeo demanding paperwork he supplied to Republicans investigating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
A Republican-led US Senate committee has been gathering data associated to Hunter Biden, son of the previous US vp, Republican President Donald Trump’s opponent within the November election.
Engel mentioned Pompeo had advised the House committee the paperwork can be supplied if it pursued the identical investigation because the Republican-led Senate committee.
“In other words, Pompeo will give the committee what we were seeking if we join in a smear of the president’s political rival,” Engel mentioned.
Hunter Biden is a former board member of the Ukrainian power firm Burisma. The firm was thrust into the worldwide highlight final 12 months in an impeachment inquiry into whether or not Trump improperly pressured the federal government in Kiev into opening a case involving his election rival.
In his speech proven to the RNC on Tuesday, Pompeo praised Trump’s overseas coverage report. Critics mentioned he broke with many years of protocol in utilizing his appointed workplace for partisan functions and Joaquin Castro, head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s oversight subcommittee, mentioned his transfer could have been unlawful. Reuters