House impeachment report accuses Trump of misconduct and obstruction

The House Intelligence Committee report explicitly states that President Trump’s “scheme” was carried out “with the knowledge and approval” of several top administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

This directly implicates the top US diplomat in efforts that “subverted US foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined our national security.”

The report notes that Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified Pompeo was among those top officials who were “in the loop” regarding efforts to leverage a White House meeting and military aid to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce two political investigations: One into the Bidens, Burisma and another into the debunked conspiracy that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election. 

Specifically, the report notes that Pompeo was fully aware of Sondland’s efforts to “break the logjam” regarding military aid to Ukraine, indicating he was fully aware that the money was conditioned on Zelensky announcing his intent to move forward with these investigations.  

The report states that Pompeo not only refused to issue a public statement of support for former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch amid a smear campaign against her, but was also in contact with President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani at that time. 

The report also highlights the fact that Pompeo refused to turn over any State Department documents related to Trump and Giuliani’s dealings with Ukraine. Those documents include a March 27 email, obtained via FOIA lawsuit, indicating Trump’s personal secretary facilitated a phone call between Pompeo and Giuliani.

“To date, Secretary Pompeo has not produced a single document sought by the Committees and has not indicated any intent to do so going forward. In addition, the Department has ordered its employees not to produce documents in their personal possession,” it states. 

The report also highlights Pompeo’s efforts to discourage State Department officials from testifying in the impeachment inquiry.