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Mike Pompeo Gets Slapped Down On Twitter For Saying Teaching Kids About Racism Is ‘Really Dangerous’

Like dozens of other delusional Republicans, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seriously considering seeking the 2024 GOP nomination for president, even though his chances of winning are probably about 1 percent or even lower.

But despite the longshot odds Pompeo is facing, he felt a need to weigh in on the crisis du jour for his party these days: Critical race theory.

Critical race theory has suddenly become the hot-button issue for Republicans, even though it has never been taught in any public school and is only found in some legal theory classes at university-level law schools.

Pompeo entered the fray on Twitter, posting this:

The founding of the United States was flawed. Slaves were deemed to only have 3/5ths of the value of a white man, but were still counted at that decreased rate for the purpose of the census so that Southern states would agree to ratify the Constitution. Women were not allowed to vote, either. Neither were men who didn’t own property in many states. Does that sound fair and equitable?

This country was indeed founded on racist principles, with 41 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence being slave holders! There was no independence for slaves, and shouldn’t every student know that fact? It’s essential to understand why the actions of men and women such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks were so important and resonated with millions of Americans.

Soon after he fired off his Tweet, Pompeo got plenty of reaction on social media, where many reminded him that truth is always a good thing, especially when it shines light on the ugly past of this country:

The United States is imperfect. Every nation is. But we can take comfort in these words that express what we hope to strive for each and every day, generation to generation:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

A more perfect union should always be our goal. And we can only reach that goal by telling the truth, no matter how horrible it might be.

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Mike Pompeo Is Now Actively Conspiring With Senate Republicans To Dig Up Dirt On Joe Biden

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made it clear Tuesday that he’s nothing more than a political hack who is willing to destroy what little credibility he has in the service of the man who appointed him to his post.

Specifically, Pompeo has ordered the State Department to help a Senate committee dig up (or perhaps even fabricate) information that can be used for the sole purpose of trying to smear Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the hope of getting President Donald Trump reelected.

Politico reports that State Department Executive Secretary Lisa Kenna issued a memo on August 17 giving employees their marching orders:

“(Kenna) ordered senior State Department officials to compile additional documents for two Republican senators investigating the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe and Joe Biden’s dealings with Ukraine, according to an internal memo obtained by POLITICO.”

Kenna even spelled out exactly what she and Pompeo expect those who work at the State Department to look for:

“Any electronic or paper records responsive to this request, to include emails, documents, spreadsheets, databases, and electronic media, etc.”

Senate Democrats say the memo is further proof that Trump and Pompeo are trying to use the Department of State to help the president spread a false narrative that will enable him to win a second term in office. Recent polls show Trump trailing Biden nationally and in key battleground states:

“Democratic congressional aides who spoke to POLITICO described the State Department’s handling of the Johnson and Grassley document request as extremely unusual, with clear evidence of politicization. For one thing, the aides said, Grassley and Johnson’s document request did not set date ranges for any of the responsive documents, but State Department officials decided to cut them off at December 2017 — a limit that would ensure any potentially damaging evidence of Trump’s own actions in Ukraine were excluded.”

Trump got impeached for his threat to withhold military aid to Ukraine, and now he’s attempting to engage in another illegal act so he can slag his competitor.

The problem for Trump, however, is that the American people have seen his corruption for the past four years and are sick and tired of his strongman tactics.

Donald Trump is a criminal. He thinks he can manufacture yet another lie because he’s afraid he’ll lose the election and be indicted for his many crimes. With Trump, everything is projection, and this time he even has the secretary of state doing his dirty work for him.

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Mike Pompeo Hit With Subpoena For Trying To Help Republicans Smear The Biden Family

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in very hot water, and actions he apparently took to help benefit the reelection campaign of his boss, Donald Trump, have wound up getting him subpoenaed.

Politico reports that House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) issued a subpoena recently and accused the secretary of using State Department resources in an attempt to smear presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. In a statement, Engel noted:

“Secretary Pompeo has turned the State Department into an arm of the Trump campaign and he’s not even trying to disguise it. After trying to stonewall virtually every oversight effort by the Foreign Affairs Committee in the last two years, Mr. Pompeo is more than happy to help Senate Republicans advance their conspiracy theories about the Bidens. I want to see the full record of what the department has sent to the Senate and I want the American people to see it too.”

Specifically, Pompeo’s office has turned over 16,080 pages of documents to Senate Republicans that involve the former vice president, his son, Hunter, and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.

The documents in question are part of a Senate GOP investigation being conducted by the Finance and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees. They focus on an already debunked allegation that the Obama administration and VP Biden tried to have a Ukrainian prosecutor removed to forestall a probe of Hunter Biden and Burisma. The younger Biden served on Burisma’s board of directors, but no evidence of any wrongdoing has ever been brought forward by Republicans.

Instead, the Senate investigation of the Bidens is clearly meant to serve as a sort of payback for the impeachment of Trump, who was accused of attempting to extort Ukraine into giving him damaging information about the Bidens in exchange for military aid. And it is also meant to try and besmirch the name of Joe Biden, who is leading in virtually every poll when matched up against the incumbent president.

Once again, a member of the administration has been caught red-handed trying to help their boss cheat his way to a second term. But Congressional Democrats are pushing back and will not let Trump try and weasel his way back into office.

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Mike Pompeo Had Better Get An Attorney – And Fast

When former U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified before the House impeachment committee in November, he made it clear that all of the top officials in the Trump administration — President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — all knew that Trump engaged in bribery in relation to Ukraine.

Specifically, Sondland told the committee:

“They knew what we were doing and why. Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret.”

Despite the efforts of Republicans on the committee to try and minimize what Sondland had to say, the effect of the ambassador’s testimony was devastating for President Trump

And then there’s Pompeo, who has repeatedly refused to answer direct questions about what he knew regarding the extortion of Ukraine, i.e. withholding military aid unless they agreed to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Sondland made it clear that Pompeo is up to his eyebrows in the Ukraine plot, and Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin notes that either Pompeo can testify before the House Intelligence Committee committee or he too needs to be impeached, writing:

“Pompeo is complicit. Moreover, he now refuses to testify or produce documents, which likely will complete the picture of what he knew and when he knew it. He is obstructing Congress’s investigation, and even refusing to recuse himself from the matter.

“The House Intelligence Committee should make a criminal referral, subpoena Pompeo for testimony and proceed with impeachment proceedings if he doesn’t comply. The message to future secretaries of state must be that they must not participate in illegal schemes and that their oath is to the Constitution, not a president.”

Oh, and there’s an even larger problem for Pompeo: Yes, he’s on the hook and could be impeached. But, as Rubin explained, a criminal referral can also be made and the Secretary of State could be facing indictment on numerous counts, including obstruction of justice, bribery, and extortion. Those charges could land Pompeo in prison for at least two decades.

No matter what he decides to do — stonewall or testify and implicate both Trump and Pence — Mike Pompeo had better hope he has a damn good attorney. He’s going to need one. And he’s going to need that attorney ASAP. As in yesterday.

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Mike Pompeo’s State Department Throws Him Under The Bus

Though he’s resolutely refused to discuss his role in the expanding Ukraine scandal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now up to his neck in some very hot water thanks to State Department employees who decided not to run interference for him and instead pushed him right under the proverbial bus.

NBC News reports that a public ethics group had filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request for access to internal State Department documents, and it was believed that Pompeo wanted to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the documents be released. But if that was the case, Pompeo’s employees either didn’t get the message or chose to ignore his wishes.

And those documents directly tie Pompeo to the Ukraine mess which is threatening to destroy the Trump administration:

“The documents were published by American Oversight, which calls itself a non-partisan and nonprofit ethics watchdog and Freedom of Information Act litigator investigating the Trump administration.

“They appear to show two calls between (Rudy) Giuliani and Pompeo in March, around a month before former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, an anti-corruption expert, was abruptly called back to the U.S. in April and then removed from the post.”

In other words, Pompeo was informed that Yovanovitch wouldn’t play ball with the White House’s scheme to bribe and extort Ukraine, as the former ambassador testified to the House Intelligence Committee this week. And now we have the receipts which prove that to be the case:

“The information released Friday reveals a clear paper trail from Rudy Giuliani to the Oval Office to Secretary Pompeo to facilitate Giuliani’s smear campaign against a U.S. ambassador,’ Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight, said in a statement.

“Yovanovitch has told members of Congress in an impeachment inquiry that her reputation was smeared by Giuliani, including false allegations that she badmouthed Trump and was blocking corruption investigations by circulating a ‘do not prosecute’ list and stymieing investigation into the Vice President Joe Biden and his son.”

For months now, there have been rumors that Mike Pompeo is preparing to leave the Trump administration and run for a Senate seat back in his home state of Kansas. Now, however, it looks like the Secretary of State is also facing being impeached and charged with various crimes.

Why does anyone choose to work for Donald Trump? Eventually, they all wind up as victims of his greed, arrogance, and selfishness. Just ask Mike Pompeo.