A former ethics head for the White House under George W. Bush has posted his assessments of current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the wake of recent depositions given in the impeachment inquiry…and his take isn’t a good outlook for the head of the State Department.
According to Richard Painter, who served as the head of ethics in the White House from 2005 to 2007, “Pompeo is toast.”
Painter’s assessment is based on testimony given on Wednesday in which EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland alleged that he had made direct contact with Pompeo in order to address a supposed quid pro quo that was occurring in the White House with regards to Ukraine.
Sondland shared a number of emails detailing his communications with Pompeo regarding the matter, Newsweek reported.
“At this point, for him staying out of jail would be an extraordinary accomplishment,” Painter added in his tweet.
Pompeo is toast.
At this point for him staying out of jail would be an extraordinary accomplishment.
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) November 21, 2019
The suggestions made by Painter about Pompeo comes as rumors grow about the secretary of State purportedly announcing his retirement soon in order to run for a Senator position in Kansas in 2020.
According to individuals with knowledge of his future plans, Pompeo had been considering resignation from his post in the spring of 2020 in order to run. But according to three sources within the GOP ranks, Pompeo may resign sooner in order to avoid further damaging connections with the president, reporting from HillReporter.com noted.
Pompeo’s office would not respond to rumors about his plans to run for Senator, except to say that he “is only focused on executing President Trump’s foreign policy goals and completing the mission for the American people at the State Department.”
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