Asked if Rudy Giuliani was acting with his blessing and supervision, Mike Pompeo repeatedly says he won't discuss "internal deliberations inside the administration."@GStephanopoulos: "But this was different. This was not a member of the administration" https://t.co/foEWy5HAI5 pic.twitter.com/iUOXExsNl1— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 20, 2019
One of the sources tell CNN that Pompeo was alerted to internal and external concerns about Giuliani’s effort to push out Yovanovitch, but Pompeo failed to act — he was wary of getting too deeply involved over fears of derailing US-Ukraine policy and potentially sharing the fate of his former colleague John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser who was fired for not being aligned with the President.In a letter sent in the spring, which has not been previously reported, a handful of former US ambassadors to Ukraine urged top State Department officials to take action and defend Yovanovitch. They got a response from one of Pompeo's closest senior officials, Counselor Ulrich Brechbuhl, saying the message had been received and would be considered.Yet Pompeo did nothing and less than two months later, Yovanovitch was recalled from her post at the behest of Trump....Mounting criticism about his handling of the matter has left the Secretary of State feeling victimized, according to those familiar with his thinking.
Calling career foreign service professionals “radical unelected bureaucrats” as the WH press sec did today is an outrage. They swore to defend the Constitution, and they are doing just that. Long since time for @SecPompeo to defend his troops. https://t.co/kjR78KZ0Om— Richard N. Haass (@RichardHaass) October 23, 2019
“Radical unelected bureaucrats”. That is what the White House called Ambassadors Bill Taylor, Mike McKinley, Masha Yovanovitch and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent. Secretary Mike Pompeo must repudiate this statement. That’s what a leader would do. https://t.co/zssUEru3lJ— Nicholas Burns (@RNicholasBurns) October 23, 2019