Whenever Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is confronted by a knowledgeable member of the press, he falls back on a signature move that is intended to intimidate and derail the person questioning him. This is his squinting dickhead face, and it isn’t going to save his ass:
Former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Michael McKinley, directly contradicted public comments made by the top US diplomat when he testified under oath last month as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
McKinley, who resigned amid the Ukraine controversy, raised concerns about former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch's removal, which was pushed by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and has become a central part of the inquiry, according to a transcript of that testimony released Monday.
While Pompeo told ABC News last month that McKinley never raised the idea of issuing a statement of support for Yovonovitch, McKinley directly contradicted that statement while under oath, telling lawmakers he mentioned it on three separate occasions.
Specifically, McKinley who testified behind closed doors on October 16, said that he raised the Yovanovitch matter with Pompeo three times and proposed releasing a statement of support for the former diplomat, who was abruptly recalled from her post, but did not receive a response from the secretary of state, including when he told Pompeo he was leaving the department.
"I said: We've seen the situation that's developing outside. Wouldn't it be good to put out a statement on Yovanovitch? Since my impression is the Department, you know, at least tried to keep her in Ukraine. I had gotten that from the newspapers," McKinley said. "He listened. That was it. Sort of , 'Thank you.' That was the limit of the conversation."
McKinley told lawmakers that he raised the issue on two other occasions, including during a phone call to discuss his resignation.
"I spoke with the Secretary again when he called from Europe to discuss my resignation," McKinley said. "I was pretty direct. I said, 'You know, this situation isn't acceptable. We need to you know, I've already made my recommendation, but ... I am resigning.' And that was the conversation. Again, I didn't get a reaction on that point."
McKinley's testimony contradicts public comments that Pompeo made in an interview last month with ABC News after McKinley's testimony.
I love how they sugarcoat this. He was “contradicted.” No, he was full-blown caught in a massive lie. He is an inveterate liar. He knows he’s been caught. He knows he has no credibility. And yet, he wants the conservative movement that is clearly aligned behind Trump, and Trump only, to save his worthless career in government.
How do you feel sympathy for these people? They have been caught lying. The whole Ukraine thing has blown up in their faces. There are literally no options left. If there was an ounce of shame remaining, the entire Trump cabinet would have already resigned, en masse, in protest of this fiasco. And I still don’t understand why anyone would work for Trump. He will throw Pompeo under the bus if he thinks that will save him. Pompeo knows that Trump would sooner sell him out than help him fight for the collective good of the entire administration. He knows that Trump would just as soon destroy everyone else and leave them unemployable, broke, and incarcerated if he thought that it would buy him some time.
Hell, Trump would set all of them on fire just for the re-tweets.
They all know this! They know how this ends! They know that their own personal destruction is like a plaything in the hands of a screaming, diapered man-baby and yet they still persist in thinking that they’re smarter than the press, better than the Democrats, and that Trump is the right man to be president and lead the Republican Party.
It’s mind-boggling. Truly, it is a mystery as to why they insist on being destroyed. The only explanation is that the Kool-Aid tastes pretty good and that the Russians have something on them that is worse than the fate that awaits them.