Former State Department adviser Michael McKinley testified that he raised the idea of sending a statement of support for former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch three separate times with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and never received a substantive response from him.
McKinley disclosed this during a line of questioning by Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Here's that exchange:
Schiff: In the first conversation you had with the Secretary, you essentially got no response to the request for a statement. Is that accurate?
McKinley: That's accurate.
Schiff: And in the final conversation with the Secretary where you raised the matter again, you again got no specific response to that 'issue when you raised it with the Secretary. Is that correct?
McKinley: That is correct, yeah.
Schiff: And was there a third conversation?
McKinley: Yeah. So I presented my resignation on September 30th. I spoke with the Secretary again when he called from Europe to discuss my resignation. And I think at that point I said, well, you know, we really I was pretty direct. I said, you know, this situation isn't acceptable. We need to you know, I've already made my recommendation, but … I am resigning. And that was the conversation. Again, I didn't get a reaction on that point.
Later, McKinley was pressed by Republicans on whether it was possible that Pompeo’s lack of response could have been due to the fact that he hadn’t “fully come to grips with how they were going to respond to this inquiry.” McKinley acknowledged that was possible but also stated that “this approach … was having a negative impact” insight the State Department.