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Pompeo with Putin in Sochi, Russia, May 14, 2019, State Department photo by Ron Przysucha. From 1986 to 1989, Pompeo served as US Army officer with the West Germany-based 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the 4th Infantry Division. He was “in charge of patrolling the border between West Germany and East Germany and Czechoslovakia during the Cold War“. See: “Mike Pompeo Fast Facts“, CNN, Sept. 27, 2019 https://archive.li/QQAbv From 1985 to 1990 Putin served as a KGB officer in East Germany: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Putin Has Pompeo known Putin since the Cold War? The German border was a major interface between the Soviet Union and the West. It would have been an interface for illegal activities-mafia, as well as spies. Trump’s Czechoslovakian inlaws reportedly acted as informants: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/the-fbi-us-overseas-intel-agency-british-intel-agents-all-thought-that-robert-maxwell-was-a-soviet-russian-agent/
“Pompeo: ‘I was on the phone call’ that led to Trump impeachment probe Posted:Wed, 02 Oct 2019 09:06:26 -0400 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged on Wednesday that he was on the telephone call between Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart that sparked impeachment proceedings against the Republican president“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/NUpet3qklbI/pompeo-i-was-on-the-phone-call-that-led-to-trump-impeachment-probe-idUSKBN1WH1BP
“Three Chairs on Secretary Pompeo Stonewalling House Impeachment Inquiry Oct 1, 2019 Press Release Washington—Today, Rep. Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement:
“Secretary Pompeo was reportedly on the call when the President pressed Ukraine to smear his political opponent. If true, Secretary Pompeo is now a fact witness in the House impeachment inquiry. He should immediately cease intimidating Department witnesses in order to protect himself and the President.
“Any effort to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from talking with Congress—including State Department employees—is illegal and will constitute evidence of obstruction of the impeachment inquiry. In response, Congress may infer from this obstruction that any withheld documents and testimony would reveal information that corroborates the whistleblower complaint.
“The Committees are operating pursuant to our long-established authorities as well as the impeachment inquiry. We’re committed to protecting witnesses from harassment and intimidation, and we expect their full compliance and that of the Department of State.”
“Mike Pompeo was sworn in as Secretary of State on April 26, 2018. He previously served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 to April 2018. Prior to joining the Trump Administration, Mr. Pompeo was serving in his fourth term as congressman from Kansas’ 4th District. He served on the House Intelligence Committee as well as on the Energy and Commerce Committees, as well as the Energy and Commerce Committee and House Select Benghazi Committee. Prior to his service in Congress, Mr. Pompeo founded Thayer Aerospace, where he served as CEO for more than a decade. He later became President of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment manufacturing, distribution, and service company. Mr. Pompeo graduated first in his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 and served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the US Army’s Fourth Infantry Division. After leaving active duty, Mr. Pompeo graduated from Harvard Law School, having been an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Mr. Pompeo was born on December 30, 1963, in Orange, California. He is married to Susan Pompeo and has one son, Nick“. https://www.whitehouse. gov/people/mike-pompeo. Read more details of his bio after the VOA article.
“Pompeo Says Democrats ‘Bullying’ State Dept. Officials
By VOA News October 1, 2019 12:47 PM
Updated Date Tue, 10/01/2019 – 20:40
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is accusing House Democrats of trying to ‘intimidate and bully’ five State Department officials who lawmakers want to question in the Trump Ukraine phone call scandal.
House leaders want information and documents the State Department may have about the July 25 telephone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
The phone call is at the center of the House impeachment inquiry into whether Trump sought Zelenskiy’s help in digging up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Pompeo allegedly listened in on that call.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee has scheduled depositions with five current and former State Department officials and what they may know about Trump’s interaction with Zelenskiy.
They include former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, former special envoy Kurt Volker, who resigned last week, and a State Department counselor.
Pompeo sent a letter to the committee Tuesday, saying he will not “tolerate such tactics.”
“Aspects of the committee’s request…can be understood only as an attempt to intimidate, bully, and treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the department of State,” he wrote.
Pompeo said he will use “all means” at his disposal to stop what he calls bullying.
The powerful chairmen of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight committees are accusing Pompeo himself of intimidating witnesses in order to protect himself and Trump.
They reminded Pompeo in their own letter Tuesday that any effort to prevent the State Department officials from talking with Congress is illegal and seen as “evidence of obstruction of the impeachment inquiry.”
If Pompeo or anyone else tries to withhold documents and testimony, Congress would regard that as corroboration of a whistleblower’s account of Trump’s telephone call with Zelenskiy.
In the July 25 phone call, Trump asked Zelenskiy to “look into” Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter. Hunter Biden sat on the board of a Ukrainian gas company that had been the subject of a corruption investigation.
Trump alleges that when Biden was U.S. vice president, he threatened to withhold loan guarantees to Ukraine unless the government fired the prosecutor investigating the gas company. Hunter Biden was never the subject of the corruption probe and there is no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens.
But Trump may have committed an impeachable offense by reaching out to a foreign government in order to improve his chances of re-election in 2020.
Trump’s call came after he withheld up $400 million in aid Ukraine badly wanted to combat the insurgency by Russian-backed separatists.
Democrats also want to know whether the president offered a so-called “quid pro quo” to Zelenskiy, including the release of the funds to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation of Biden – which may also be grounds for impeachment.
Trump also pressured Zelenskiy to meet with Attorney General William Barr and Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani has been pushing hard for an investigation of Biden.
In Kyiv Tuesday, Zelenskiy said he is the president of an independent nation and said no one can “pressure or influence” him. He denies ever meeting with or speaking Giuliani and said Ukraine wants to stay out U.S. politics.
Trump has accused the still anonymous whistleblower of providing false information and not having any direct knowledge of the call with Zelenskiy.
“So if the so-called “Whistleblower” has all second hand information, and almost everything he has said about my “perfect call with the Ukrainian President is wrong… why aren’t we entitled to interview and learn everything about …. the Whistleblower, and also the person who gave false information to him,” Trump tweeted.
The acting director of national intelligence has said the whistleblower’s account of the phone call is accurate.
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, who has been a Trump supporter, said Tuesday the whistleblower followed the law and must be protected.
Lawyers representing the whistleblower have expressed concerns for the individual’s safety and stressed the need to keep his or her identity secret.”
Excerpted from the Wikipedia article on Pompeo:
He is “the son of Dorothy (née Mercer) and Wayne Pompeo. His father is of Italian ancestry; his paternal great-grandparents, Carlo Pompeo and Adelina Tollis were born in Pacentro, Abruzzo, and emigrated to the United States in 1899 & 1900 respectively. … From 1986 to 1991, Pompeo served in the U.S. Army as an armor officer with the West Germany-based 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the 4th Infantry Division. He served as a tankplatoon leader before becoming a cavalry troop executive officer and then the squadron maintenance officer. Pompeo left the U.S. Army at the rank of captain. In 1994, Pompeo received a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as one of 78 editors of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and on the 81-member board of editors of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating, he worked as a lawyer for the law firm Williams & Connolly in Washington.
In 1998, Pompeo moved to Wichita, Kansas, where he and three other West Point friends, Brian Bulatao, Ulrich Brechbuhl, and Michael Stradinger, acquired three aircraft-part manufacturers there (Aero Machine, Precision Profiling, B&B Machine) and in St. Louis (Advance Tool & Die), renaming the entity Thayer Aerospace after West Point superintendent Sylvanus Thayer. Venture funding for the private organization included a 2% investment from Koch Industries as well as Dallas-based Cardinal Investment and Bain Capital (Brechbuhl worked for Bain at the time). Brechbuhl and Stradinger left the company shortly after it was founded, but Pompeo and Bulatao continued. In 2006, he sold his interest in Nex-Tech Aerospace (formerly known as Thayer Aerospace) to Highland Capital Management, which had clients including Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream Aerospace, Cessna Aircraft, Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems and Raytheon Aircraft. Pompeo then became president of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment manufacturer that was also a partner of Koch Industries. In 2017, when Pompeo became head of the CIA, he named Bulatao the agency’s chief operating officer.” Read the article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Pompeo (Emphasis our own).
Pelosi’s paternal grandfather, Tommaso G. D’Alesandro, was born in Montenerodomo, Abruzzo, Italy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_D%27Alesandro_Jr. Pelosi is old enough to be Pompeo’s mother, so that her grandfather and Pompeo’s great-grandfather are roughly of the same generation.
OMG! Who knew?
“Because an increased number of third- and fourth-generation Italian Americans have some non-Italian ancestry (due to the mixing of ethnic groups in the United States), having an Italian surname seems to have become the prerequisite for Mafia membership.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Made_man
Pompeo’s a member of this, as is Pelosi. This group has “associates” which seems a strange choice of words: “The bi-cameral and bi-partisan Italian American Congressional Delegation (IACD) is composed of nearly 200 Members of Congress: twenty-nine who trace their ancestry to Italy and more than 150 Associate IACD Members who, although not Italian American, have an interest in the Italian American Community. The IACD is currently chaired by Bill Pascrell (NJ-8) and Mark Amodei (NV-2) of the U.S. House of Representatives. The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) works closely with the IACD on issues of importance to the Italian American community and to advance U.S.-Italy political, cultural and trade relations. Throughout the year, NIAF holds numerous policy forums in the U.S. Congress with the collaboration of the IACD. NIAF also coordinates meetings between visiting Italian delegations and corresponding U.S. officials.”
They said “associates”.