Today, the State Department reportedly directed Ambassador Gordon Sondland to obstruct the House inquiry into the Trump-Ukraine scandal. Although Ambassador Sondland reportedly wanted to testify and provide documents, and despite Secretary Pompeo’s obvious conflict of interest as a participant in the Trump-Ukraine scandal, the State Department directed Ambassador Sondland not to show up. The Department is also refusing to turn over documents that Ambassador Sondland reportedly voluntarily provided to the Department in relation to the House impeachment inquiry.
In addition to impeding a valid congressional inquiry, these actions fly in the face of then-Congressman Pompeo’s purported belief that the executive branch is obligated to comply with congressional oversight. Congressman Pompeo made the statements below in relation to congressional investigations in which the Obama Administration turned over thousands of pages of documents and authorized congressional testimony and depositions of multiple senior officials, including the Secretary of State.
In contrast, Pompeo and the Trump Administration have refused to comply with subpoenas for records or authorize witness depositions. The only purpose of this stonewalling is to prevent Congress and the American people from knowing the full facts of the Trump-Ukraine scandal.
Below are just a few of Pompeo’s statements on the importance of letting Congress do its job: