Former Pompeo Adviser Testifies On Ukraine Scandal: ‘I Could No Longer Look The Other Way’
Michael McKinley, a former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, testified before House investigators on Wednesday to discuss issues related to the impeachment inquiry being led by Democrats on Capitol Hill.
According to tweets posted by Nicholas Wadhams, State Department reporter for Bloomberg News, McKinley explained during his testimony that his decision to resign from his post came about due to the way his colleagues in the department were being mistreated.
“Since I began my career in 1982, I have served my country and every President loyally. Under current circumstances, however, I could no longer look the other way as colleagues are denied the professional support and respect they deserve from us all,” McKinley said.
The former senior adviser also said he was disturbed by what he saw happening as it pertained to Ukraine, particularly the alleged use of government resources to investigate one of Trump’s political rivals, Joe Biden.
“I was disturbed by the implication that foreign governments were being approached to procure negative information on political opponents,” McKinley said. “I was convinced that this would also have a serious impact on foreign service morale and the integrity of our work overseas.”
Michael McKinley, the former senior adviser to Mike Pompeo, told impeachment investigators he thought the removal of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was unjustified, according to lawmakers who attended the closed-door questioning. https://t.co/AoWfA7PwBV
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McKinley added that one firing, in particular, helped him to decide to leave the State Department — that of former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who testified last Friday about her termination.
Yovanovitch said that her removal came about not due to inadequate work performance, but rather because the president lost confidence in her ability to perform her functions, she was told. There may have been more going on behind the scenes, however, as Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, had for months prior to her termination been bad-mouthing Yovanovitch, suggesting that she was privately criticizing Trump and stifling efforts to investigate Biden, prior reporting from HillReporter.com detailed.
Yovanovitch denied any of the allegations Giuliani had made about her. When McKinley tried to confront his boss, Pompeo, about her being fired, he said he was greeted with silence about the matter, per reporting from CNN.