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House chairman: Pompeo not complying with impeachment inquiry

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is not complying with the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

“He’s not complying with the inquiry so far,” Engel said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” when asked by host Margaret Brennan about Pompeo’s accusation that House Democrats are “harassing” State Department personnel.

“There are discussions that are ongoing, and we’re hoping that he will comply, although it’s kind of laughable, you know, since the administration’s and Trump has been president, we have been getting numerous complaints from people who work at the State Department about all kinds of harassment by this administration where people were summarily let go or fired because they were deemed to be the wrong political persuasion or the wrong ethnic persuasion.”

In light of these complaints, Engel said he found it “really laughable that the secretary of State suddenly has this great concern for the State Department.”

Echoing other Democratic lawmakers, including House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Engel also said there was “no reason to” hold a full House vote on impeachment.

“There’s no rule that says you have to do it. It’s perfectly all right the way it is,” Engel told Brennan. Asked whether such a vote would be necessary to demonstrate a unified front, Engel suggested the idea was being brought up by Republicans who are “throwing things into the mix to say, ‘Well, the Democrats should do this. The Democrats should do that.'”

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