Senate Democrat demands Pompeo’s ‘immediate’ recusal over Ukraine probe

Senate Democrat demands Pompeo’s ‘immediate’ recusal over Ukraine probe

2nd October 2019 Off By adpublisher

A top Senate Democrat is demanding that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “immediately” recuse himself from all matters pertaining to Ukraine as House Democrats pursue an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump over his communications with the Ukrainian leader.

In a letter to Pompeo dated Wednesday, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the secretary has a “direct conflict of interest” in the scandal and should not be involved in the State Department’s response to it.

Menendez’s letter comes after Pompeo confirmed earlier Wednesday that he had listened to a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which is now at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.