Mike Pompeo denounced on Monday the "harassment" of Democratic congressmen, after the lower house began the process of political trial against the president Donald Trump
In a letter sent to Congress, the US secretary of state indicated that the citation of the House of Representatives made to him and other diplomats "It can only be understood as an attempt at intimidation, harassment and an improper way of treating distinguished professionals of the State Department."
"Let me be clear: I will not tolerate this type of tactics and I will use all the means at my disposal to prevent and expose any attempt at harassment of these professionals dedicated to whom I am proud to lead and serve," said the chief of American diplomacy in his Twitter account.
Pompeo also indicated that the citations have “deep legal and procedural deficiencies” and that the statements of five active officials who had to start on Wednesday "are not feasible", without specifying whether diplomats could appear on other dates.
Democratic congressmen in charge of several commissions are investigating whether Trump improperly pressured the new president of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenski, asking him to look for information that could harm his main contender for the 2020 elections, the former Democratic vice president Joe biden
As part of this process of political trial, the lower house requested Pompeo last Friday to deliver documents linked to communication between Trump and Zelenski.
The committees also cited to testify within the next two weeks to five State Department officials with knowledge of the facts under investigation, as notified in a joint statement.
Among those mentioned is the former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, which will declare on October 2; the former envoy -dimited last Friday- US special for Ukraine Kurt Volke; and Trump's ambassador to the European Union (EU), Gordon Sondland (October 10th).
Last week, after the announcement of the Democratic Party, Pompeo tried to uncheck the State Department from the scandal over Ukraine. "As far as I know, and from what I've seen so far, each of the actions taken by State Department officials were completely adequate and consistent with the objective we have had," said the head of diplomacy.
With information from AFP and EFE