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Top aide to U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo resigns

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A senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has resigned, with the State Department mired in a controversy over the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine that has prompted an impeachment inquiry targeting the president.

Michael McKinley, a career diplomat who has served as Pompeo's policy adviser since May 2018 following previous posts as ambassador to Brazil, Afghanistan, Colombia and Peru, said in a note to staff made available on Friday that his departure after 37 years with the department was "personal."

He said he was "leaving the Department to pursue other opportunities, wherever they may lead."

McKinley departure comes as the congressional impeachment inquiry heated up.

While McKinley has not been directly involved with Ukraine, he has served as a conduit between Pompeo's office and career staff, according to the Washington Post, which first reported his resignation on Thursday night.

House Democrats have issued a subpoena to Pompeo for documents as part of their probe, which centers on a July 25 call Trump made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he pressed for an investigation into former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a leading Democrat seeking the party's nomination in the 2020 presidential election.

Lawmakers have said Pompeo was not cooperating with the subpoena.

The State Department earlier this week blocked testimony by the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, who was then subpoenaed to appear on Oct. 16.

Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, told the impeachment inquiry that Trump ousted her based on"unfounded and false claims" after she had come under attack by Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

The State Department has not announced McKinley's departure. But Pompeo was asked about it in an interview with Joel Ebert of The Tennessean on Friday and brushed off reports that the adviser was leaving because his boss had failed to protect employees.

"I protect every single State Department employee," Pompeo said. "When the State Department employees are doing things right, when they’re behaving in ways that are consistent with the rule of law and working on President Trump’s and America’s mission, I’ll always stand with them; I’ll always have their back."

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Further effects of Donny's corrosive tenure. How long will it take our institutions to recover from having such an imbecile as president?

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More to come, I'm sure.

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Dropping like flies..

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A deep swamper leaves one part of the swamp Trump's deepened

"leaving the Department to pursue other opportunities, wherever they may lead."

to move to another part? Perhaps to join deep swampers like Kelly, Mattis and others who left Trump's area of the swamp to move to one nearby.

Drain the swamp! Start first with those Trump's added. Especially those who aid and abet his corruption, and who are doing dirty work for him to fuhrer undermine the republic and fuhrer divide the population.

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"I protect every single State Department employee," Pompeo said. "When the State Department employees are doing things right, when they’re behaving in ways that are consistent with the rule of law and working on President Trump’s and America’s mission, I’ll always stand with them; I’ll always have their back."

I think this needs a slight re-wording...

"I protect every single crooked crony in the Trump administration," Pompeo said. "When the Trump administration's employees are doing things wrong, when they’re behaving in ways that are inconsistent with the rule of law and protecting President Trump even when he commits a crime or violates the constitution, I’ll always stand with Trump; I’ll always have his back. Well, until I get thrown under the bus".....

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The media working overtime again over nothing. Busy bees. Lol

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Probably another one who fears being thrown under the bus.

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It’s a pity that we’re losing someone like McKinley. He has a stellar reputation within the service as a professional, straight arrow and a good person.

Not sure on what basis anyone would call McKinley a “deep swamper”?

Its like amb. Yovanovitch said, the service is being hollowed out. We’re losing good people.

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Probably another one who fears being thrown under the bus.

...or like he said, he worked enough and wanted to spend more time with his family.

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...or like he said, he worked enough and wanted to spend more time with his family.

yes the common cover up for something much deeper.

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yes the common cover up for something much deeper.

You can’t prove that. Even Mueller couldn’t.

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But we can because its an historical fact that wanting to spend more time with their family is a backdoor exit for deeper more disturbing reasons just like the previous press secretary resigning. The generals resigning. People have serious issues and fears with your boss Trump.

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Trump's fourth homeland security head in four years also just resigned.

Weak leadership is unable to keep strong staff. It's a fact.

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when they’re behaving in ways that are consistent with the rule of law and working on President Trump’s and America’s mission, I’ll always stand with them; 

Rule of law and Trump’s mission are mutually incompatible. Pompeo may keep his own snout clean, but he’ll choose Trump over moral conviction any day.

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