“It Is Either Arrogance or Stupidity”: Trump Favorite Mike Pompeo Stumbles Into Impeachment Blast Radius | Vanity Fair
To the public, it was a stunning admission, given his early posturing. Pompeo had feigned ignorance of the Trump–Zelensky call as recently as September 22 in an interview with Martha Raddatz of ABC News and ignored reports that he was, indeed, on the phone call in the days since while doubling down on his defense of the president. But on Tuesday, the situation began to spiral out of his control as he clashed with House investigators. The top diplomat responded haughtily to a subpoena from the House Oversight, Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs committees. “I am concerned with aspects of your request, described more fully below, that can be understood only as an attempt to intimidate, bully, and treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State, including several career Foreign Service Officers,” Pompeo wrote.