US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. File photo
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday rejected a report laying out the Democratic case for President Donald Trump's impeachment as "just all wrong".
A 300-page report released by Democrats leading the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee earlier this week leveled allegations of sweeping abuse of power by Trump. It also suggested that Pompeo was among senior officials who either knew about or were involved in an effort to gain political benefits from a foreign power.
The Republican president has denied any wrongdoing, calling the inquiry a hoax.
The report noted that many of Trump's "closest subordinates and advisors," including Pompeo aided Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine and withheld information from Congress.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tries to shrug off the impeachment inquiry that has ensnared the State Department and raised questions about his leadership.
Philip Reeker, the acting assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, spent about eight hours with the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees behind closed doors at the US Capitol.
At one level, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s decision to fire the department’s inspector general tells us nothing we didn’t already know. Even before Pompeo enabled the smearing and sidelining of US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch last year, he had made it clear that he would tolerate political attacks and even retaliation against members of the US foreign service.
Donald Trump’s top diplomat does not really want diplomacy with Iran. Case in point: when the Obama administration was negotiating the nuclear deal with Iran, Michael Pompeo wanted the US and its allies to bomb the country instead. “In an unclassified setting, it is under 2,000 sorties to destroy the Iranian nuclear capacity. This is not an insurmountable task for the coalition forces,” then Congressman Pompeo said in December 2014.
Hisham Awartani, who is Palestinian-Irish-American, according to the fundraiser, hopes to start his next semester of college on time despite his paralysis, the family's note said.
Schools, colleges, offices and banks were closed on Monday and Tuesday in at least four districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, because of weather conditions, a government notice said.
The first case admitted to the hospital was 17-year-old Abdul Karim Wael, who was transferred from Abu Yousef Al Najjar hospital in Gaza. He suffers from a fracture in the right ankle and an open wound in the right knee.