Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked to defend State Department employees who are cooperating with the impeachment inquiry during a press conference but he refused to talk about the subject.
“Issues surrounding the Democrat [sic] impeachment inquiry — just not going to do it today,” Pompeo said before attacking Democrats over the testimony of Bill Taylor, the acting United States ambassador to Ukraine.
“Ambassador [Marie Yovanovitch’s] departure preceded the arrival of Bill Taylor!” he exclaimed, laughing to himself. “Some ideas out there that [Yovanovitch’s removal] was to enable some nefarious purpose, you should all just look at the simple fact that it was Bill Taylor that replaced Ambassador Yovanovitch.”
The secretary added: “I’m proud of what this administration has done with respect to Ukraine. We reversed the massive failures of the Obama administration.”
You can watch the news conference in the video clip below: