Pompeo adviser resigning: report

A senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoIran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report To support Hong Kong's freedom, remember America's revolution Senate passes sanctions bill targeting China over Hong Kong law 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 Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' 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 GiulianiOusted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE's requests for investigations go through official channels.