Mike Pompeo

Citing His ‘Alarming Disregard’ for the Law, House Committee Launches Contempt Proceedings Against Pompeo

The Democrat-controlled House Foreign Affairs Committee announced Friday that it is launching contempt proceedings against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his “alarming disregard” for the law and ongoing defiance of subpoenas for documents in two separate investigations. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement that Pompeo …

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Mike Pompeo Under Investigation for ‘Corrupt’ and Likely Unlawful RNC Speech From Jerusalem While on Taxpayer-Funded Trip

Shortly before U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s prerecorded speech from Jerusalem aired during the Republican National Convention Tuesday night, the House of Representatives launched an investigation into the top American diplomat’s “likely unprecedented” and potentially unlawful decision to address the partisan event while overseas on taxpayer-funded government business. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), vice chair …

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As Israeli Bombing of Gaza Continues, US Media Show Little Interest

Israeli air and ground forces continued to attack Gaza Monday while continuing to tighten a devastating blockade on the besieged territory. The latest bombing, ostensibly targeting Hamas, has been occurring nearly daily since August 6, and has largely been ignored by the U.S. corporate media.  Over the past few weeks, balloon-borne incendiary and explosive devices, …

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‘Unprecedented and Wrong’: Pompeo Slammed for Plans to Address GOP Convention From Jerusalem

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign announced Sunday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will address this week’s Republican National Convention—news that sparked swift criticism both because it’s unprecedented for the nation’s top diplomat to participate in this type of political event and because he will reportedly speak from “an undisclosed location” in Jerusalem while he’s …

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‘Emergency Was a Sham’: Top Democrat Says IG Report on Saudi Arms Deal ‘Deeply Damning’ for Pompeo

Rep. Eliot Engel, Democratic chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Tuesday that an inspector general report revealed the State Department’s claim last year of an “emergency” to sell billions of dollars in arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates “was a sham” and accused the department of deploying “scare tactics to try to keep a …

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“This Doesn’t Smell Right”: Acting State Dept. Inspector General Resigns Just Months After Predecessor Fired

“This doesn’t smell right.” That was the reaction from Chris Lu, who held multiple positions in the Obama administration including White House cabinet secretary, to news Wednesday that State Department acting Inspector General Stephen Akard is leaving the post less than three months after the administration ousted the previous IG. Akard, an ally of Vice …

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Pompeo Panel Pushes ‘Radical, Isolationist, Anti-Rights, Anti-Scientific, Religious Agenda’ With Human Rights Report

Human rights advocates denounced as “dangerous” a draft report released Thursday by the U.S. State Department’s controversial Commission on Unalienable Rights that paints property rights and religious liberty as “foremost among the unalienable rights that government is established to secure” while casting doubt on other liberties, including reproductive freedom. “Make no mistake: this report was …

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With Demand ‘Echoing Across the World,’ UN Chief Calls on Israel to Abandon Illegal Annexation Plan

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday urged the Israeli government to abandon a developing plan to annex about a third of the occupied West Bank, which “has alarmed Palestinians, many Israelis, and the broader international community.” “I hope that this voice of reason that is not only mine, it is echoing across the world, …

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Pompeo Openly Admits He Asked Trump to Fire Inspector General Because He Wasn’t Doing What ‘We Had Tried To Get Him To’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo openly admitted Monday that he asked President Donald Trump to fire the State Department inspector general—an official who is supposed to be independent from political influence—because he was not “performing a function in a way that we had tried to get him to.” IG Steve Linick was reportedly investigating at …

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Ousted Inspector General Was Also Probing Possible Illegal Pompeo-Trump Effort to Force Through Saudi Arms Deal

The State Department inspector general who was fired by President Donald Trump on Friday was investigating the Trump administration’s use last year of emergency powers to flout congressional oversight and sell billions of dollars in arms to Saudi Arabia, House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rep. Eliot Engel said Monday. I’ve learned there may be another …

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‘More Naked Corruption’: Inspector General Ousted by Trump Was Investigating Whether Pompeo Used Staffer for Personal Chores

The State Department inspector general was reportedly investigating whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo required a staffer to carry out personal chores when President Donald Trump fired him Friday night, a move that sparked widespread outcry and a probe by congressional Democrats. According to the Washington Post, Steve Linick “was looking into allegations that a …

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‘Slow Moving Coup’: Outrage After Trump Quietly Fires State Department Inspector General Friday Night

Democratic lawmakers and progressives erupted with anger after President Donald Trump on Friday night quietly removed the State Department’s Inspector general from his post, the latest example of the White House’s hostility to oversight and investigation. “What checks and balances do we have left?” wondered journalist Andrew Kimmel. “The slow-moving coup continues to successfully—and quite …

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