Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday downplayed reports of low morale at the State Department that have been exacerbated by the House impeachment investigation.
“More Washington insidery stuff, a long history of the press reporting about unhappiness at the State Department, and especially, frankly, in Republican administrations,” he said in an interview with Hugh Hewitt.
“It’s a big organization,” he continued. “I’m sure there’s lots of different thoughts. But suffice it to say the American people should be comfortable knowing that we are continuing to do the hard work to deliver good policy outcomes for President Trump and the United States.”
Pompeo’s comments come as the State Department inspector general prepares to unveil the long-expected results of an investigation into alleged political retaliation against career staffers at the department. The report has been in the works for more than a year and covers events all the way back to the start of the Trump administration.
Pompeo also sharply criticized the public impeachment hearings beginning on Wednesday, contrasting the proceedings to the 2012 Benghazi investigation of which he was a vocal part in the House.
“That process was very different from this process. We were patient. We allowed the agencies to produce their witnesses at a time when they were prepared. We allowed them to have counsel. It was a completely different process than what’s taken place so far,” he said, criticizing House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and the Democrats’ decision to block two-thirds of the witnesses the Republicans wanted to call.
“I regret that,” he continued. “I regret that for the team that works for me here at the State Department that I believe has been treated incredibly unfairly. But most importantly, I regret it for the American people that we haven’t had a process that has allowed an inquiry to proceed in a way that’s fair and equitable, and gets to the facts in an appropriate way to the American people. I hope that’ll change.”
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