A senior administration official who is a permanent advocate of Pompeo told CNN that conditions within the Department had deteriorated significantly since the start of the impeachment investigation.
"Morality in a building is always bad, but it's different," the employee said. "I think part of it is Ukraine, it's a game changer.
When a State Department response was requested, a senior employee stepped back to that feature.
" This is complete nonsense, "said the official." the department is concerned about the political situation in Washington because we are citizens and we are citizens with a special interest in foreign policy. This is clearly true. But this is different from saying that morale has fallen. "[1
Asked by congressional investigators if she felt threatened by the president, Jovanovic testified that she did.  Other parts of the sworn testimony contradict Pompeo's public statements. McKinley testified that he raised the idea of giving Jovanovic a statement of support three times directly with Pompeo, and the secretary did nothing substantial to respond.
The State Department did not respond when asked if Pompeo wanted to review what he said.
There are now fears in the State Department that the White House may review the transcripts and seek ways to criticize those officials who testified, two current government officials told CNN.
"We are increasingly worried about reaction against career officials," said a government official. "Especially if Trump wins in 2020 or if Secretary Pompeo remains Secretary of State."
On Wednesday morning, Pompeo left for Washington to travel to Germany. Ulrich Brackbull, Pompeo's chief adviser and West Point classmate, declined to appear before Congress as part of the impeachment inquiry today. He travels with Pompeo instead.
Things improved during the first year of Pompeo's tenure. Part of what makes his recent demeanor so disturbing, says a senior administration official with knowledge, is that Pompeo has improved morale as a CIA director and did the same after initially taking over from Tillerson.
"He was great at the CIA and he is great when he is abroad and he meets with embassy staff," said an official. "[He] congratulates officers, spouses, talks. Fabulous. He doesn't deserve credit for it. "
McKinley testified to Congress last month, he was relieved that Pompeo had restored much of the process, which was shaken up by Tillerson.
" It deserves credit for rebuilding the institution, the processes, creating the opportunities and, frankly, the ambitions for the foreign service, "MacKinley said.
Not all of the Foggy bottom has managed Pompeo. David Hale, one of the top advisers to Pompeo, who is a career foreign service official, told deputies during his testimony Wednesday that Pompeo was reluctant to defend Jovanovic because it would hurt efforts to obtain Ukraine's military assistance, according to an Associated Press.
A senior State Department official disagreed with those who expressed a need for Pompeo's statement in support of Jovanovic, saying that such a statement would be "strange" if Pompeo wants to continue to be an "effective cabinet member." ".
"Its purpose is to ensure that US support policy for Ukraine, including military support for Ukraine. It was a successful policy," the source said.
On Tuesday, at a public diplomacy event at which Pompeo spoke with foreign public officials, he received a standing ovation, a State Department official told CNN.
But over the last few months, tension has arisen between Pompeo and his career staff. From the outset, Pompeo settled into the leakage department of the Press and cracked down on more independent diplomats. His management style has been maintained, according to current State Department officials.
Yes, Trump's man in the state
Internal tension in the state has intensified with the saga of Ukraine unfolding, beginning with the forced removal in May of Jovanovich from her post in Kiev, coupled with July's post response from Pompeo, confidence in the secretary has diminished as many officials worry that Pompeo's access to Trump has only protected himself.
One of the signatories is Eric Edelman, a foreign service career officer who serves as US ambassador to both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Edelman told CNN that Pompeo has diminished his confidence in the Ministry and around the world by adjusting so closely and publicly to Trump, putting him at odds with Pompeo's own team of employees.