Pompeo adviser resigning: report

A senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE has resigned from his position as the State Department faces lowering morale amid the Ukraine scandal, according to a new report.

Michael McKinley, a career diplomat who has held posts including ambassador to Afghanistan, Colombia and Peru, has stepped down, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Pompeo was reportedly expected to announce the departure in a statement on Friday. 

The Hill has reached out to the State Department for comment. McKinley declined the Post's request for comment. 

McKinley was serving as ambassador to Brazil last year before becoming a policy adviser to Pompeo, the Post reported. He has reportedly been involved on administration policy in Venezuela, Mexico, Southeast Asia and Afghanistan.


The newspaper reported that McKinley and others were disappointed in Pompeo's lack of public support for diplomats who have been asked to testify before the House as part of an impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE

The paper noted that there has been particular concern for former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was dismissed earlier this year and is slated to testify on Friday. 

A whistleblower complaint that is central to the impeachment inquiry alleged that her dismissal was due to allegations made by a former top Ukrainian prosecutor that the State Department later called "an outright fabrication."

The Associated Press reported Thursday that Yovanovitch was dismissed after she insisted that Trump lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBob Dole: 'I'm a Trumper' but 'I'm sort of Trumped out' Ex-Trump adviser Barrack charged with secretly lobbying for UAE Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book MORE's requests for investigations go through official channels.