Mike Pompeo’s top aide Michael McKinley resigns

Evarado Alatorre
Octubre 12, 2019

The departure comes as Pompeo faces increasing pressure from House investigators over his recently revealed presence on a phone call in which President Donald Trump pressured Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden - Trump's potential Democratic rival - and Biden's son Hunter.

A senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has resigned amid plunging morale on the State Division over what's seen as the highest U.S. diplomat's failure to assist officers caught up within the Ukraine controversy, in accordance with a report.

Pompeo's de facto chief of staff, Michael McKinley, announced his retirement after a almost four-decade career as an American diplomat.

He said he was "leaving the Department to pursue other opportunities, wherever they may lead".

The US mainstream media, however, quickly jumped to the conclusion that McKinley's resignation was prompted by the impeachment investigation into President Trump.

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Lawmakers bear talked about Pompeo is no longer cooperating with the subpoena.

While McKinley has not been directly involved with Ukraine, he has served as a conduit between Pompeo's office and career staff, according to the Washington Post, which first reported his resignation Thursday night.

The State Department earlier this week blocked testimony by the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, who was then subpoenaed to appear on October 16.

Fortuitous timing resulted in The Washington Post publishing a bombshell report minutes before Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) was interviewed on "The Rachel Maddow Show". "A lot of the career people who are devoted to furthering the best interests of the United States, devoting themselves to upholding the values of the United States, feel that those values are being undermined by the way the department is run, that the career people, the real professionals are being undermined and people are making a decision they're not going to put up with it anymore", Schiff said. "When the State Department employees are doing things right, when they're behaving in ways that are consistent with the rule of law and working under President Trump's mission, I'll always stand for them".

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