A former high American diplomat who was a key witness towards Donald J. Trump throughout his first impeachment sued former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the federal authorities on Monday, demanding they pay his $1.8 million in authorized charges from impeachment.
The lawsuit by the previous ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, alleges that Mr. Pompeo had initially informed Mr. Sondland the State Department would cover his authorized charges however then backed off after Mr. Sondland offered damaging testimony to congressional investigators about Mr. Trump’s dealings with Ukraine in 2019.
Mr. Pompeo, the lawsuit alleges, misled Mr. Sondland about whether or not the State Department would characterize him. Mr. Pompeo’s dedication to pay the charges was “abandoned apparently for political convenience,” legal professionals for Mr. Sondland wrote.
“After Pompeo learned what Ambassador Sondland’s testimony was before Congress during the 2019 impeachment inquiry — words that were entirely candid and truthful (but uncomfortable to the Trump administration)— Pompeo reneged on his promise,” in line with the swimsuit, filed in federal courtroom in Washington.
A spokesman for Mr. Pompeo stated in a press release the lawsuit was “ludicrous.”
“Mr. Pompeo is confident the court will see it the same way,” in line with the assertion.
Mr. Sondland, a rich Oregon-based hotelier who went on to hitch Mr. Trump’s administration, testified that Mr. Trump informed him to stress Ukrainian officers to conduct investigations into Mr. Trump’s political rivals. He additionally stated that there was a quid professional quo that conditioned a White House meeting for the brand new Ukrainian president in trade for the Ukrainians asserting the investigations Mr. Trump needed.
During impeachment, Mr. Sondland was represented by Robert Luskin, a well known Washington lawyer who spent weeks getting ready Mr. Sondland for his testimony. Although Mr. Sondland gave testimony that damage Mr. Trump, he confronted backlash in Portland, the place his companies have been damage as they turned synonymous with Mr. Trump.
Mr. Pompeo could have his personal authorized payments to cope with. Though the allegations towards Mr. Pompeo relate to his conduct throughout his time as secretary of state, it was not clear whether or not the Justice Department will defend him. A Justice Department spokesman didn’t return an electronic mail searching for remark.
During the Trump administration, Mr. Sondland submitted his authorized payments to the State Department, which agreed to pay solely a small sliver of the $1.8 million tab, in line with two folks acquainted with the matter. Mr. Sondland then relayed to Mr. Pompeo that he would sue if the State Department declined to honor what Mr. Sondland claimed was Mr. Pompeo’s preliminary dedication to pay, one of many folks stated. Mr. Pompeo maintained that he by no means dedicated to having the charges paid by the State Department, the particular person stated.