Pompeo adviser resigning: report

A senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoEx-Watergate prosecutor says evidence in impeachment inquiry 'clearly' points to Trump Pompeo rejects idea that the United States abandoned Kurds Mike Pompeo's Faustian bargain 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 John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS 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 GiulianiGiuliani asked State Dept. to grant visa for ex-Ukraine official at center of Biden allegations: report Overnight Energy: Trump taps deputy energy secretary to replace Perry | Praises pick Dan Brouillette as 'total professional' | Perry denies quid pro quo over Ukraine Ex-Watergate prosecutor says evidence in impeachment inquiry 'clearly' points to Trump MORE's requests for investigations go through official channels.