House chairman: Pompeo not complying with impeachment inquiry

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelBombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: 'No mistake' Trump warned Russian diplomat about election tampering Trump admin hits Iranian shipping network, airline with new sanctions The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - An unusual day: Impeachment plus a trade deal MORE is not complying with the House’s impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE.

“He’s not complying with the inquiry so far,” Engel said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” when asked by host Margaret Brennan about Pompeo’s accusation that House Democrats are “harassing” State Department personnel.

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“There are discussions that are ongoing, and we’re hoping that he will comply, although it’s kind of laughable, you know, since the administration's and Trump has been president, we have been getting numerous complaints from people who work at the State Department about all kinds of harassment by this administration where people were summarily let go or fired because they were deemed to be the wrong political persuasion or the wrong ethnic persuasion.”

In light of these complaints, Engel said he found it “really laughable that the secretary of State suddenly has this great concern for the State Department.”

Echoing other Democratic lawmakers, including House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - An unusual day: Impeachment plus a trade deal Pelosi's whiplash moment brings praise and criticism The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today MORE (D-N.Y.), Engel also said there was “no reason to” hold a full House vote on impeachment.

"There’s no rule that says you have to do it. It’s perfectly all right the way it is," Engel told Brennan. Asked whether such a vote would be necessary to demonstrate a unified front, Engel suggested the idea was being brought up by Republicans who are "throwing things into the mix to say, 'Well, the Democrats should do this. The Democrats should do that.'"

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