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Wed Oct 2, 2019, 08:27 AM

State Dept Inspector General requests highly unusual "Secret Meeting"

What will the State Department's inspector general say? That's the question on everybody's mind this morning, after the inspector general requested an urgent, private briefing with senior congressional staff members. It's not entirely clear what information the inspector general will provide in today's briefing, but it's happening as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pushed back on House Democrats' demands to turn over documents related to Ukraine and to depose current and former State officials as part of the impeachment inquiry.

House Democrats warn Pompeo to stop 'intimidating' witnesses
By Zachary Cohen, CNN

Washington (CNN)House Democrats issued a stark warning to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Tuesday after the top US diplomat accused lawmakers of "intimidating and bullying" State Department officials by calling them for depositions related to the Ukraine inquiry.

In a letter sent Tuesday afternoon, the chairmen of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees told Pompeo that any effort to prevent those officials from speaking to Congress "is illegal and will constitute evidence of obstruction of the impeachment inquiry."

The response came just hours after Pompeo wrote to chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, notifying him that the proposed dates for depositions "do not provide adequate time for the Department and its employees to prepare."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/01/politics/pompeo-accuses-democrats-intimidation/index.html?utm_source=CNN+Five+Things&utm_campaign=254ab20a46-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_10_01_03_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6da287d761-254ab20a46-104928233


State Department inspector general requests urgent briefing on Ukraine with congressional staff
By Manu Raju, Jeremy Herb and Kylie Atwood, CNN

(CNN)The State Department's inspector general on Tuesday requested an urgent briefing with senior congressional staff members after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed back on House Democratic demands to turn over documents related to Ukraine and to depose current and former State officials, according to sources briefed on the matter.

It's unclear exactly what State inspector general Steve Linick plans to provide Congress during the private Wednesday briefing. But it comes amid the House Democrats' impeachment investigation, which has been fueled by the US Intelligence Community's inspector general's review of a complaint by a whistleblower who alleged President Donald Trump sought help from Ukraine's government to interfere in the 2020 elections.
One congressional aide described the State inspector general's request as "highly unusual and cryptically worded."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/01/politics/deposition-delayed-impeachment-investigation/index.html?utm_source=CNN+Five+Things&utm_campaign=254ab20a46-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_10_01_03_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6da287d761-254ab20a46-104928233


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Reply State Dept Inspector General requests highly unusual "Secret Meeting" (Original post)
real Cannabis calm Oct 2019 OP
DrToast Oct 2019 #1
real Cannabis calm Oct 2019 #3
DrToast Oct 2019 #7
hlthe2b Oct 2019 #2
real Cannabis calm Oct 2019 #5
yortsed snacilbuper Oct 2019 #6
DUgosh Oct 2019 #4
real Cannabis calm Oct 2019 #23
kentuck Oct 2019 #8
MineralMan Oct 2019 #9
real Cannabis calm Oct 2019 #11
MineralMan Oct 2019 #13
real Cannabis calm Oct 2019 #19
real Cannabis calm Oct 2019 #22
Thomas Hurt Oct 2019 #10
hlthe2b Oct 2019 #12
real Cannabis calm Oct 2019 #14
hlthe2b Oct 2019 #15
real Cannabis calm Oct 2019 #16
real Cannabis calm Oct 2019 #17
hlthe2b Oct 2019 #18
real Cannabis calm Oct 2019 #20
hlthe2b Oct 2019 #21

Response to real Cannabis calm (Original post)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 08:28 AM

1. Confused...

What is the source of this thread title?

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Response to DrToast (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 08:31 AM

3. Those quotes appear in various sections of the news articles.

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Response to real Cannabis calm (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 08:33 AM

7. Pretty sure they don't

As mentioned below, Pompeo is not the IG.

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Response to real Cannabis calm (Original post)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 08:30 AM

2. Your subject line is very wrong. It's the State Dept. IG who has called for the meeting, NOT Pompeo

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 08:32 AM

5. thanks, I'll check and fix it now

No coffee yet sorry LOL

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 08:32 AM

6. ditto

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Response to real Cannabis calm (Original post)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 08:32 AM

4. The last thing Pompeo wants

Is a meeting

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Response to DUgosh (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 05:40 PM

23. I think he will get a meeting, anyway...

Pompeo will get a meeting with an investigating committee of the House of Representatives!

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Response to real Cannabis calm (Original post)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 08:34 AM

8. Pompeo does not have the authority to claim executive privilege...

Neither for himself or his employees at the State Dept.

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Response to real Cannabis calm (Original post)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 08:36 AM

9. No. Pompeo has not requested a meeting. That was State's IG who requested it.

You seem to have misunderstood the story and wrote an erroneous title for your post.

This all broke on DU yesterday evening, and there are many threads on the subject already.

ETA: You changed the title as i was writing, I see. That's good. For those who come in later, here's your original thread title:

"Pompeo requests highly unusual "Secret Meeting""

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 09:04 AM

11. Previous replies make you post redundant

On my numerous OPs, which are flawless and in my DU Journal, why didn't you bother to reply?
Are you the resident critic?

On edit: As for your OPs, in the past, I have consistently not only recommended them but also added a K&R...

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Response to real Cannabis calm (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 09:09 AM

13. When I typed my reply, your original title was still displayed.

Not redundant. When I say that you had changed it, I edited my reply to indicate that.

Who am I? Just another DUer.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #13)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 10:51 AM

19. You are not just another DUer...

Your OPs show a real, caring Democrat, who wants Trump out of the White House and I will keep them publicized, no matter how your respond to my recent, previous mistakes. Please read subsequent replies that I made today, to allow readers to understand my feelings of urgency to post important news first, along with an advantage that I no longer have, when I wrote professionally.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #13)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 12:06 PM

22. After my K&R on your great OP, I'll leave you w/ a song:

First, here's some free publicity of your OP, posted earlier this morning:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212534790

And now, although I refuse to hate or criticize works of other DUers, who sometimes have syntax errors, or other problems, I'll leave you with a song with lyrics, which might (or might not) apply. But, as my signature line implies, I will take the best teachings of Gandhi and not return "hate" with "hate."

Surprisingly, online sources are currently attempting to apply quotes, attributed to Gandhi - for a very long time - to others. There appears to be an organized, online effort to destroy his reputation. Anyway, here's the quote:

"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."

Mahatma Gandhi

And here is the song:

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Response to real Cannabis calm (Original post)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 08:44 AM

10. I did not hear a peep on NPR about this, this morning.

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Response to Thomas Hurt (Reply #10)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 09:04 AM

12. Just a very long (and sad) piece about Gandhi now being demonized as a racist for that which he

wrote about early on in his life. Not saying his roots weren't so, but if MLK embraced him as the inspiration for his civil rights movement and given the clear evidence of evolution during his life to the human rights and peace advocate that he was, this is disturbing.

It sounds like the movement is getting a lot of pushback in India.

Granted, we have a similar issue with our slave-owning Founding Fathers, but I still think one has to look at all the person represented and the times during which they lived. We get the good with the bad in all humans.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #12)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 09:18 AM

14. That breaks my heart...

Gandhi died, while attempting to unify India and Pakistan.

Who is again trying to label him as a racist?

This quote is attributed to Gandhi:
“Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.”

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Response to real Cannabis calm (Reply #14)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 09:24 AM

15. an emerging faction in India and South Africa predominently...

In India, primarily Hindu Nationalists.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #15)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 09:48 AM

16. I sent you a DU mail on this topic

There is a lot of online indication that Gandhi was ignorant about Africans, which could lead to racist remarks.

Ignorance and racism are mirror images of each other.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #15)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 10:28 AM

17. With your permission, I'd like to post our DU mail correspondences here...

It will let readers see what we truly represent and provide insight into me, as a writer, who previously wrote professionally. Readers must realize that in professional media writing, deadlines were a real factor. I was trained to post important news before competitors; but writers ALWAYS had the luxury of editors and others to catch our mistakes - before they went public.

You can reply in DU mail; and I will respect your decision. ANY media source - along with their reputations and right to privacy - should always be protected, in professional media. In an effort to clarify, let me add that your comments in DU mail appear honest, caring and wise.

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Response to real Cannabis calm (Reply #17)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 10:44 AM

18. Not sure it would help...

I'd probably recommend just letting it go, but it is up to you.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #18)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 11:14 AM

20. Nope, as previously stated, I will respect your privacy...

None of our comments will appear in this public forum.

Thanks for taking the time to respond in DU mail.

I hope our private comments helped you get to know me better.

I am still relatively new at DU.

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Response to real Cannabis calm (Reply #20)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 11:17 AM

21. Since I didn't get a chance to do so in your early days...

WELCOME! It's never too late to post a thread about yourself in either DU Lounge or Community Help forum...

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