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Pompeo says he was on July phone call between Trump, Zelensky

By Nicholas Sakelaris
Pompeo says he was on July phone call between Trump, Zelensky
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was part of the July 25 call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky.  File Photo by Monika Graff/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he was part of the controversial phone call in July between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that spurred a House impeachment inquiry.

News reports this week said Pompeo had been part of the call, but the Trump administration's chief diplomat didn't confirm until Wednesday.

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"I was on the phone call," he said at a news conference with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio. "I know precisely what the American policy is with respect to Ukraine. It's been remarkably consistent, and we will continue to try to drive those sets of outcomes."

The White House released a transcript last week of the July 25 call, during which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, who'd previously worked for a Ukrainian gas company.

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Trump told Zelensky he would be contacted by U.S. Attorney General William Barr and his own attorney, Rudolph Giuliani.

Pompeo this week said investigators' calls to subpoena five current and former State Department officials to testify would "deeply violate fundamental principles of separation of powers."

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