Pocan Threatens Sec. Pompeo’s Salary in Sondland Obstruction
U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, demanding information about who instructed European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland to not attend his scheduled testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee. Rep. Pocan directed Secretary Pompeo to Section 713 of Division D of Public Law 116-6 which prohibits salary payment to any employee of the Federal Government who prohibits or prevents another officer or employee of the Federal Government from attending a committee inquiry.
“While Democrats seek to understand the full scope of the President’s criminal actions, we refuse to bankroll those in his administration who hold witnesses hostage,” said Rep. Pocan. “Ambassador Sondland appears to be involved in the President’s attempt to solicit a political investigation from the Ukrainian government and even spoke with Senator Ron Johnson about the president’s withholding of foreign aid in exchange for information on his political rival. The House Intelligence Committee has a right to speak with Ambassador Sondland and this administration’s refusal is yet another attempt to obstruct this inquiry from learning the truth about the president’s unlawful actions. Until then, American taxpayers should not pay for this administration’s smoke and mirrors—the public deserves transparency.
The full letter is available to view here.