The US House of Representatives’ foreign affairs committee on Friday announced a hold-up against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, citing his refusal to comply with a subpoena to record his “transparent political abuse” of departmental resources.
Democratic chairman of the House Committee Eliot Engel also cited a speech Pompeo recorded in Jerusalem for this week’s Republican National Convention.
Engel said Pompeo has shown “alarming disregard for the laws and rules that govern his own conduct and the tools the constitution provides to prevent government corruption”.
“He seems to believe that the office he holds, the department he heads, the staff he oversees, and the tax dollars that pay all of that are for his personal and political gain,” Engel said in an explanation.
The statement of a representative of the Foreign Ministry Engel was “political theater” and the Ministry had offered to make the documents available to Engel on condition that he sends a letter explaining the foreign policy problem he was investigating and that it requires.
“As soon as this letter is received, the department will present the documents,” said the representative.
The committee issued a subpoena to Pompeo last month calling for documents he made available to Republicans investigating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
A Republican-led Senate committee gathered information on Hunter Biden, the son of former US Vice President Donald Trump’s opponent in the November election.
Engel said Pompeo had advised the House committee that the documents would be made available if he conducted the same investigation as the Republican-led Senate committee.
“In other words, if we join the president’s political rival, Pompeo will give the committee what we were looking for,” Engel said.
The State Department representative said the documents had already been made available to Senate Democrats.
Hunter Biden is a former board member of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. The company was shaken into global spotlight last year in an impeachment investigation into whether Trump wrongly pressured the Kiev government to bring proceedings against its electoral rival.
In his speech to the Republican Convention on Tuesday, Pompeo praised Trump’s foreign policy record. Critics said he broke with decades of protocol when he used his appointed office for partisan purposes. Joaquin Castro, head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s oversight subcommittee, said his move may have been illegal.
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