Top Pompeo aide resigns, adding to tumult over Ukraine - 47abc

  • Top Pompeo aide resigns, adding to tumult over Ukraine - 47abc

Top Pompeo aide resigns, adding to tumult over Ukraine - 47abc

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.

Michael McKinley, a profession diplomat, has served as Pompeo's policy adviser since Would possibly perhaps furthermore 2018 following earlier posts as ambassador to Brazil, Afghanistan, Columbia and Peru.

His departure comes as Pompeo and the department have become ensnared in controversy over the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine that has prompted an impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump.

Among the various issues on which he played a role, McKinley has been closely involved in administration policy on Venezuela, Mexico, Southeast Asia and Afghanistan, where Trump last month canceled United States peace negotiations with the Taliban, according to the paper. McKinley was a trusted adviser of the top U.S. diplomat, who recruited him as an adviser and liaison to the career service and traveled with him on official trips frequently. That is when he was hired by Pompeo to serve as a conduit between his office and a career service.

Lawmakers have said Pompeo is not cooperating with the subpoena.

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".

The top USA diplomat brushed aside reports accusing him of a lack of support for his employees.

In a farewell email to his State Department colleagues obtained by CNN on Friday, McKinley wrote that he was "leaving the department to pursue other opportunities, wherever they might lead". "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 on President Trump's and America's mission, I'll always stand with them; I'll always have their back".

Speaking about McKinley's resignation, he stressed that he had known the diplomat for 37 years and that McKinley was thinking about the next phase of his life.

In another interview, with WKRN-TV in Nashville, Pompeo said McKinley "told me for lots of good and sufficient reasons for him and his family he wanted to go on and begin the next phase of his life".