Targeted by unusual criticism from President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Friday to release controversial emails from Democrat Hillary Clinton – messages the presidential camp says will prove Clinton should be tried.
On Thursday, Trump issued rare criticism of two of his closest aides, Pompeo and Attorney General Bill Barr, less than a month before the presidential election.
In a phone interview with Fox Business, Trump, who was forced to suspend his campaign due to his COVID-19 infection, demanded that the two ministers take measures regarding the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Trump said Pompeo should find a way to spread e-mails from Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee in the last 2016 presidential election, which Republican activists criticizing for her use of a private server while she was secretary of state are demanding.
In response to a question about the US president’s attack on him, Pompeo told Fox News, “We will publish this information so that the Americans can see it.”
When asked if he would do so before the presidential election on November 3, Pompeo added, “We are doing it as quickly as possible. I absolutely think we’ll see more before the election.”
“It’s (the emails) at the State Department, but Mike Pompeo was unable to get it out, which is really very sad,” Trump said.
“I am not happy with him for this reason,” he added. He continued, “He runs the Foreign Ministry, he took out those letters.”
Pompeo is one of the few aides who did not stand up to the fickle Trump, who criticized Pompeo and Bar’s predecessors after their dismissal.
Ironically, Pompeo became famous for his sharp tone in questioning Clinton when he was a member of Congress investigating the deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.