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Pompeo Was Listening to Trump's Ukraine Call

State Department confirms secretary heard the conversation
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2019 7:00 PM CDT
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens as President Trump speaks Monday at a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was one of the people listening in on President Trump's call to Ukraine's president in July—the call that prompted the House to begin an impeachment inquiry. A senior State Department official confirmed Pompeo's involvement on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Pompeo had said that he opposed releasing the transcript of Trump's conversation with President Volodymy Zelensky. He has since said the decision is up to the White House.

Pompeo had said he hadn't read the whistleblower complaint in full about the phone call, and not answered specific questions about the conversation. As far as he knew, Pompeo said, per CNN, State Department officials had acted properly. Three House committees have issued subpoenas to Pompeo for documents related to the inquiry. He faces a deadline of Friday to turn them over. (Now Rudy Giuliani has been subpoenaed.)

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