Report: Mike Pompeo Sought Advice About Ukraine From Fox’s Sean Hannity
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly called Fox News personality Sean Hannity regarding the host’s commentary on Ukraine and the former U.S. ambassador to the country, according to one State Department official’s testimony.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale told the House impeachment investigators that Pompeo was inquiring as to whether evidence existed to support attacks on former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
"I understood that he did call Sean Hannity," Hale said of Pompeo, according to the transcript of his testimony.
"You understood the Secretary called Sean Hannity?" the investigator asked.
"Yes,” Hale responded.
Asked about the message Pompeo conveyed to Hannity during the phone call, Hale answered, "What the secretary had consistently been saying, which is: If there are these allegations, I need to see what the evidence is."
"I believe that the secretary's takeaway from the conversation was that there was no evidence that was credible about — to support these allegations,” the official said when asked what Pompeo concluded after speaking with Hannity. “It's what I deduced, really, from hearing from the secretary after the call that the secretary believed that there wasn't any evidence to back up these allegations."