A persistent buzz about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stepping down to run for an open Senate seat in Kansas has built to a roar. Sondland said Pompeo had directed the U.S. pointman on Ukraine, Kurt Volker, to speak with Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the former NY mayor who was pushing Ukraine to investigate Trump's domestic rival Joe Biden.
Pompeo, that has managed to protect a heat relationship with the mercurial president, is now strolling a tightrope as to look as diplomats are understood. The Times said Pompeo "expressed his approval of the plan" but that Trump later canceled the trip to Poland. It is unclear if he has discussed his supposedly impending resignation with the president.
Pompeo's aides reportedly have denied his plans to resign.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, at the center of praise in Israel on Monday with his announcement that Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria are not illegal, might be on his way out of the State Department.
Trump is accused of using his position to force Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his rivals in the 2020 election. Those briefings, the Times said, "more directly" link the secretary to the Trump administration's efforts to get Ukraine to open investigations into Trump's political rivals and an unsubstantiated theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, was responsible for hacking Democratic Party emails in 2016.
"State Department workers are constantly defended by me".
"Trump has recently groused about Pompeo's failure to defend him vigorously enough and rein in State Department officials who have told investigators about the Administration's back channel dealings with Ukraine", says Time, based on its sources.
According to Time, rumors of a possible Pompeo Senate campaign have been circulating for months.