Pompeo argued that the subpoena issued by Engel, Speaker of House Supervisors Carolyn Maloney in New York and senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez of New Jersey “would exclude the agency’s attorneys. “and as such they” have no constitutional value. “
On August 3, Democratic lawmakers issued a subpoena for deposits from Managing Minister Brian Bulatao, Acting Legal Counsel Marik String, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs- Military Michael Miller and Senior Advisor Toni Porter as part of an investigation into Linick ouster̵7;s abrupt mid-May.
Pompeo said that Bulatao, String, Miller and Assistant Secretary of State for political-military affairs R. Clarke Cooper “are ready and prepared to appear at the earliest on Thursday, August 13 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon for a confidential session. and in record hearings “with the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Oversight.
A congressional assistant working in the investigation of Linick’s dismissal told CNN, “The Commission subpoenaed four individuals and those subpoenas are still in effect.”
The top US diplomat turned down the offer of Porter – a longtime Pompeo aide who may know if Pompeos misused taxpayer resources – during that session. In the letter, Pompeo said that on July 31, the department had “proposed a brief meeting with the appropriate officials, who, unlike Ms. Porter, are actually responsible for approving resources and having to speak with authority about such matters. “
In addition, we suggest further discussion of the appropriate way for Mrs. Porter to address any outstanding questions, ”he wrote. “It should also be noted that Mrs. Porter was not involved or knew nothing about the Minister’s decision to remove Linick as the State Department Inspector General.”
In his letter, Pompeo stated that the House Foreign Affairs Committee “has rejected more than a dozen offers of good faith accommodation.”
“Without any other explanation, we conclude that the Commission does not really want to receive information from the Department, much less the fully disclosed truth in a public hearing, but instead. You are content with the pursuit of bogus investigations. Pompeo writes: ‘Behind closed doors and asking the Department to spend a large amount of time and resources making accommodation suggestions. which the Commission never intended to take seriously “.
Pompeo said on Twitter that “the IG has completely vindicated the dedicated experts” of the Department’s Political-Military Department.
“I’m sorry that @RepEliotEngel and @SenatorMenendez have abused their committee for political games,” he wrote.
Engel replied with “Very happy.”
“@StateDept re-edited the details suggesting that it was a fake emergency. @StateDeptPM may have lied to Congress about it. You fired @StateOIG, who was reviewing the matter. Why? To sell weapons that could kill innocent Yemenis and then cover it up, ”wrote the New York Democratic Party.