Former WH Ethics Lawyer: Secretary Of State Pompeo Is “Toast”
Richard Painter, a former White House ethics lawyer, said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is “toast” after U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified on Wednesday, according to Newsweek.
Painter previously worked in the George W. Bush administration between 2005 and 2007 and claimed that it would be an “extraordinary accomplishment” if Pompeo managed to stay out of jail. Although he didn’t offer evidence, he suggested the Trump official had done something criminal.
Sondland testified that Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence were “in the loop” in President Trump’s alleged scheme to get Ukraine to launch an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden and his son, producing emails between himself and the Secretary of State about the “quid pro quo.”
“Pompeo is toast,” Painted tweeted after the testimony. “At this point for him staying out of jail would be an extraordinary accomplishment.”
“In a few weeks the only open question should be whether the evidence is sufficient for President Pence to be impeached by the House and removed by the Senate,” Painter suggested in a follow-up tweet.
When confronted by the press, Pompeo said, “I didn’t see the testimony, I’m not going to recuse myself from this. I know precisely what American policy was with respect to Ukraine. I was working on it, and I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished.”
Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that the Secretary of State had made an “across the board effort” to “obstruct” the impeachment inquiry.