Former Pompeo aide to testify in impeachment inquiry

Michael McKinley, a former top aide to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBiden's State Department picks are a diplomatic slam dunk Kissinger tells Biden to go easy on China Saudi-Israeli diplomacy progresses amid looming Middle East challenges MORE, is reportedly set to testify Wednesday as part of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

CNN reports McKinley’s expected testimony comes just a week after he resigned as a senior adviser to Pompeo.

Two congressional sources told the network that McKinley will appear before the House Intelligence, Oversight and Reform and Foreign Affairs committees.


McKinley held the role as a top aide to Pompeo since May 2018 after previously serving as a U.S. ambassador to Peru, Colombia, Afghanistan and Brazil.

He is appearing before the House committees for a transcribed interview, one of the sources told CNN, indicating that he was not subpoenaed.

McKinley was reportedly concerned with the handling within the State Department following Marie Yovanovitch's exit as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, with a source telling CNN it was one reason behind his departure. The source added that McKinley had been considering leaving his post for a few weeks.

McKinley is the latest official from the State Department to testify before House committees as investigators look into how the department dealt with the Ukraine scandal as part of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE. Revelations that Trump pressured Ukraine's president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Biden says staff has spoken with Fauci: 'He's been very, very helpful' MORE, a leading 2020 presidential candidate, and his son sparked the inquiry. No evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the Bidens has emerged.

A former State Department official added that McKinley is "known to be a man of integrity, a man of principle."

"If he had encountered something either that was happening in the State Department or he felt he could no longer carry out his duties without compromising his integrity and his principles, he is somebody who would feel he had no choice but to resign," the source told CNN.

McKinley’s exit comes after 37 years with the State Department, he told colleagues in a letter last week announcing his departure.

He declined to comment to CNN on his upcoming testimony.