“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,” Schiff, Engel and Cummings said in a joint 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,” Schiff, Engel and Cummings wrote.
“We’re committed to protecting witnesses from harassment and intimidation, and we expect their full compliance and that of the Department of State,” they added.
The Foreign Affairs Committee, in consultation with the other two panels, had also subpoenaed Pompeo for documents related to Trump pressuring the Ukrainian government to investigate the Bidens.
Pompeo said in his Tuesday letter that the State Department “intends to respond” by Oct. 4.