Mike Pompeo Faced With Claims That He Has Commanded Officials To Create An ‘Emergency’ For A Saudi Weapons Agreement
Mike Pompeo Is Faced With Claims That He Has Commanded Officials To Create An ‘Emergency’ To Enable A $ 8 Billion Weapon Deal With Saudi Arabia At The Center Of The Sacked IG
- The Inspector General of the State Department investigated the arms trade, which continued despite opposition from Congress
- Pompeo has confirmed that he has answered written questions in a probe
- The “declaration of emergency” came around Congress
- Both chambers voted to block aid – the House by 246-180 votes
- Officials told CNN Pompeo and assistants “seemed to have a game plan and it had to be justified”
- Pompeo called all claims of retaliation against the IG “patently false”
- Pompeo said, “I’ve seen the different stories of someone walking my dog to sell guns to my dry cleaner. I mean it’s all just crazy ‘
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged subordinates to come up with reasons to provide $ 8 billion in “ relief ” to Saudi Arabia that did not yet exist, and officials reported the behavior to the investigator who pushed Pompeo out, according to a new report.
Pompeo, who is under fire for asking President Trump to fire Steve Linick of the State Department, urged officials to allocate the emergency despite votes against the arms deal in both houses of Congress.
Legislators in a rare reprimand had voted against supplying additional advanced weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to wage the brutal war in Yemen.
“I’ve seen the different stories of someone walking my dog to sell weapons to my dry cleaner. I mean it’s all just crazy, ” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday
Pompeo sent officials to a solution, sources said CNN. The government approved the aid last May.
“They seemed to have a game plan and it had to be justified,” a state official told the network and also communicated with the IG about it.
“The attitude was very Trumpian,” the official said. President Trump has long clashed with elements in the bureaucracy that he calls the “deep state.”
Chairman of the House’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel, said the investigation is one of the areas the IG was looking for and could have caused his departure. Linick also was found to investigate Pompeo’s alleged use of government employees to walk his dog, Sherman, and do other errands. He ridiculed this suggestion at a news conference this week, a day after the assistant was identified as former advisor Toni Porter.
Pompeo admitted to answering written questions in one IG probe, following reports he did in an investigation of US $ 8 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other countries
Pompeo gave no reason why he asked President Trump to inspector general, Steve Linick, in the photo
The deposed Inspector General of the State Department is said to have investigated claims Mike Pompeo, in the photo, had an employee walk with his dog Sherman and pick up his dry cleaning
Mike Pompeo, assistant Toni Porter, has long been identified as the government official whose role was allegedly doing personal business before the Secretary of State was investigated by an Inspector General
“I’ve seen the different stories of someone walking my dog to sell weapons to my dry cleaner. I mean it’s all just crazy. It’s all crazy things, ”said Pompeo, putting together countless reports of what the IG was looking at.
The New York Times reported Thursday that Pompeo was using a government plane and using the time to travel to meet major Republican donors, including a meeting with billionaire Charles Koch in Kansas in October. Pompeo was considering a run for the United States Senate and is considered a potential presidential candidate for 2024.
Pompeo acknowledged on Wednesday that he answered written questions in an IG arms sales investigation, which were defended by the White House and defended by President Trump.
He said he normally does not have access to information about what the IG is investigating “so it was impossible for me to get revenge.”
But Pompeo said there is “one exception” and referred to the arms sales investigation. “I answered those questions related to a particular study. That was a while earlier this year, as far as I can remember, ” he said.
“There can be no retribution,” he concluded.