Released documents show direct line from Pompeo to Giuliani to attacks on Ambassador Yovanovitch

Aha! Rudy was working closely with the State Department. 

Courtesy of NBC News

An ethics group late Friday published nearly 100 pages of previously unreleased State Department documents that the group says shows “a clear paper trail” between President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before a Ukraine ambassador was abruptly recalled.

The documents were published by American Oversight, which calls itself a non-partisan and nonprofit ethics watchdog and Freedom of Information Act litigator investigating the Trump administration.

They appear to show two calls between Giuliani and Pompeo in March, around a month before former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, an anti-corruption expert, was abruptly called back to the U.S. in April and then removed from the post.

David Hale, undersecretary of state for political affairs, testified on Wednesday that Pompeo and Giuliani spoke on the phone twice in late March.

The information released Friday “reveals a clear paper trail from Rudy Giuliani to the Oval Office to Secretary Pompeo to facilitate Giuliani’s smear campaign against a U.S. ambassador,” Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight, said in a statement.

Yovanovitch has told members of Congress in an impeachment inquiry that her reputation was smeared by Giuliani, including false allegations that she badmouthed Trump and was blocking corruption investigations by circulating a “do not prosecute” list and stymieing investigation into the Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

The allegations of a pressure campaign by Trump to get the Ukrainians to announce investigations into a conspiracy theory about the 2016 presidential election and the Bidens are central to the impeachment inquiry into whether Trump abused the power of his office for personal political gain.

Wow! Even with the impeachment hearings put on hold for right now, the evidence against Trump and his administration just keeps on coming.

Remember Fiona Hill said that Giuliani and his cohorts were not conducting a “shadow operation” but were instead working on a Trump Administration sanctioned “domestic political errand.”

Hihll also claimed that in the eyes of Donald Trump Guiliani’s mission in Ukraine was far more important than the one being pursued by her and the other professionals who were simply working to help Ukraine fend off the Russian invasion and bring peace back to the land.

The released documents now prove her to be correct.

As if there was ever any doubt.