He also defended the substance of the leaders’ conversation, which is at the heart of congressional Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Wednesday that he listened in to the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July, and defended the substance of the conversation now at the heart of congressional Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
“I was on the phone call,” Pompeo told reporters during a news conference in Rome.
The Wall Street Journal first reported Monday that Pompeo took part in the call.
The remarks from America’s top diplomat come as he is engaged in a standoff with three House Democratic chairmen who subpoenaed him Friday for materials related to Trump’s efforts to seek a Ukrainian investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
But Pompeo rebuffed the committee leaders Tuesday, signaling in a letter that he would not comply with their request for documents or interviews with senior State Department officials identified as important players in the Ukraine scandal.
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