Pompeo says Trump-Zelensky call was 'consistent' with administration policy

Pompeo says Trump-Zelensky call was 'consistent' with administration policy
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoIran lays foundation for second nuclear plant: report Pompeo knocks Iran's treatment of UN nuclear inspector Reagan statue unveiled near site where he called for Gorbachev to 'tear down' Berlin Wall MORE has said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE's infamous July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was "consistent" with the administration's policies. 

The phone call in which Trump pressed Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Juan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete MORE is at the center of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into the president. 

"The call was consistent with what I had a long set of conversations with President Trump on our policy for an awfully long time," Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News. "Our policy has been very clear all along with respect to Ukraine."

Asked whether any parts of the call were not included in the rough transcript released by the White House, Pompeo doubled down on the fact that it was "consistent" with the administration's Ukraine policy.

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"I heard the president very clearly on that call talking about making sure that corruption — whether that corruption took place in the 2016 election, whether that corruption was continuing to take place, that the moneys that were being provided would be used appropriately," Pompeo said. 

"It was very consistent with what I’d understood President Trump and our administration to be doing all along," he added. 

In the Fox interview Pompeo also lamented the fact that State Department lawyers are not permitted to be part of closed-door witness testimonies in the impeachment inquiry, calling it "deeply troubling."

"We’re not allowed to have State Department lawyers in the room. That’s deeply troubling," he said. "But my understanding is that every one of these individuals had the same Ukrainian policy that President Trump had."

White House official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified this week that the rough transcript released by the White House did not include key words and phrases from the call, according to The New York Times.

Trump has sought to dismiss Vindman, calling him a "Never Trumper" in a tweet.