- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale appeared for his impeachment inquiry deposition Wednesday morning, making him the first witness to cooperate this week. 

People familiar with the matter say Mr. Hale, the highest-ranking career diplomat in the foreign service, plans to say that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other senior officials determined that defending Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch would hurt the effort to free up U.S. military assistance to Ukraine.

His testimony wrapped up after about six hours.

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, who’s been consistently attending the closed-door depositions, said there was no mention of a quid pro quo in the deposition.

“He made a compelling case that there was absolutely no linkage between suspension of military aid and political investigations,” he said.

Democrats have a packed schedule for the rest of Wednesday — top State Department lawyer Ulrich Brechbuhl, Office of Management and Budget official Russell Vought, and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry — were slated to testify, but are unlikely to actually show up.

This story is based in part on wire service reports.

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