House Committee Announces Contempt Proceedings Against Mike Pompeo

The House Foreign Affairs Committee is beginning proceedings to hold Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in contempt of Congress, saying that Pompeo has refused to turn over documents under subpoena.

In a statement, Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) said, “From Mr. Pompeo’s refusal to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry to his willingness to bolster a Senate Republican-led smear against the President’s political rivals to his speech to the RNC which defied his own guidance and possibly the law, he has demonstrated alarming disregard for the laws and rules governing his own conduct and for the tools the constitution provides to prevent government corruption.”

Engel added, “He seems to think the office he holds, the Department he runs, the personnel he oversees, and the taxpayer dollars that pay for all of it are there for his personal and political benefit.”

Engel is particularly angry that Pompeo has stonewalled the House committee while one of his top aides has ordered that documents be given to a Senate probe led by Republicans into Joe Biden. In an August 17 memo, the State Department asked officials to put together documents on the 2016 Russia investigation.

The Senate probe is being led by Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Democrats have decried the probe as blatantly partisan and aimed only at hurting Joe Biden.

Johnson has admitted that his probe could help Trump get re-elected, saying in an interview, “I would think it would certainly help Donald Trump win reelection and certainly be pretty good, I would say, evidence about not voting for Vice President Biden,”

Citing the Director of National Intelligence, Engel accused Pompeo of pushing Russian propaganda and said, “I want no part of it. Under no circumstances will I amplify Putin’s debunked conspiracy theories or lend them credence. And I won’t stand by and see the Committee or the House treated with such disdain by anyone.”

Responses

  1. “The Trump administration is NOT subject to the laws of the United States. Their oath is to Trump, not the U.S. Constitution.” Phyllis

    Amen!

    The US isn’t quite a “rogue” state yet, but it is quickly approaching that point. Other countries are going to have to isolate us even more than they do now.

  2. …Elections in a lot of Senate & Congressional seats this fall…..The people are sick of these “Thugs”…..and exactly whom are they concerned about offending, if they throw the book at him ??… Sounds like a GREAT re-elect platform to me….In my opinion

  3. Sherlock, You appear to be in need of Prevagen. Perhaps the word “BENGHAZI” can jog your memory of congressional investigations occurring during the Obama years. SEVEN investigation disproved the Benghazi conspiracies so R’s needed an 8TH that they touted as going to prove them all—That also DISPROVED all the conspiracies. So, with the popular vote polling indicating a win for Clinton, Jim Jordan voiced intent to continue the Benghazi congressional investigations. Senator Ron Johnson voiced an intent to begin impeachment investigations, which was not only premature, but indicating a lack of knowledge that impeachment hearings are designated by the CONSTITUTION as the responsibility of the HOUSE.

  4. The Trump administration is NOT subject to the laws of the United States. Their oath is to Trump, not the U.S. Constitution. Pompeo has made no secret of his presidential ambitions and if you support the lawlessness of Trump, Pompeo is your guy in 2024.

  5. “They forgot they were elected to lead and legislate” SherlockHomeless

    SherlockHomeless seems to have forgotten that the Democratic Party has passed 400 House bills that Missing Moscow Mitch refuses to even table for debate in the Senate.

    WHO is it that does nothing, SherlockHomeless? Who? Image how much YOU would be screaming if the Democrat controlled Senate did that with 400 American Fascist Party House bills.

  6. do the Democrats realize how pathetic and petty they are making themselves out to be in the eyes of the American people?

  7. Today’s flavor of the day by Dems. Over 60 more to come by Nov 3. This too shall melt in the Dems bowls.

  8. Engel added, “He seems to think the office he holds, the Department he runs, the personnel he oversees, and the taxpayer dollars that pay for all of it are there for his personal and political benefit.” have exactly that same feeling about all of the Congressional Democrats. They forgot they were elected to lead and legislate, not spend the last four years investigating everything that Republicans do.

  9. Saw this coming. They even want to charge the first lady for speaking at the convention. They claim she works for the government. Sorry she isn’t paid. Trump lawyers checked it out under the hatch act. When things were normal the demarcate appointees appeared . But surprised they didn’t go after Barr when they tried to force him to agree not to let the i g report out or charges. Now it is coming out.
    Now Polosi SAID NO debate with Biden and Trump. Thanks to her Biden already lost. Most demarcates will lose their seats. But watch them try to steal the election .

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