David Hale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, said in his closed-door impeachment testimony that last spring Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Fox News host Sean Hannity to ask about the smear campaign launched against the former ambassador of the US in Ukraine, Marie Jovanovic, according to a transcript released Monday night.
Discussing efforts by Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and the pro-Trump media to tarnish Jovanovic's reputation before her ouster as ambassador, Hale noted that Pompeo spoke to Giuliani twice in late March regarding the allegations.
At that time, conservative colonist John Solomon reported that former Attorney General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko said that Jovanovic had provided him with "no prosecution." (Lutsenko will later cancel that request.)
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"It came at one point with the secretary," Hale said. "I found out he called Sean Hanity."
Asked what Pompeo said to Hanity, Hale said that if there were any claims, "I should see what the evidence was."
Hale further stated that no one in the State Department believes that the allegations made about Jovanovic are untrue or valid. At the same time, he acknowledged that despite the belief that there was no basis for the smears, word had returned to Jovanovic, there would be no statement of support for it.
Hale's testimony follows that of Jovanovic and the State Department of State, official George Kent, who both said he understood that Pompeo or one of the states had called Fox's host to see "what's going on" with coverage of the allegations.
Meanwhile, Hanity repeatedly denies that Pompeo contacted him in due time, calling the testimony "fake news" and insisting that he barely covered Jovanovic in the spring, claiming that he "knew nothing about this woman." He also threatened to bring the case if officials did not "stop"
Shortly after Hale's testimony was dropped Monday night, Haniti reiterated his denial that Pompeo or one of the states called him, saying that " we mention this woman. "
" I've never called Secretary Pompeo, "burst out Haniti." Why would you lie about that ?! "
" You're annoyed, "replied Fox News legal analyst and frequent guest of Hanit Greg Jarrett. adding, "Donald Trump has been anointed for most of three years."