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Michael McKinley, a former Latin America expert at the U.S. State Department with no direct knowledge about Ukraine, gave an impeachment probe deposition behind closed doors Wednesday.
Some mainstream media outlets, however, suggested the former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had first-hand knowledge of Ukraine.
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The impeachment investigation centers on claims that U.S. President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate corruption allegations against Joe Biden and his son Hunter in exchange for aid.
The New York Times (NYT) noted.:
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While Mr. McKinley told lawmakers that he did not have detailed knowledge about the Ukraine matter, he said the handling of the issue was emblematic of a troublesome trend at the State Department, the people familiar with his testimony said.
The Associated Press (AP) added:
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McKinley, who as a Latin America expert was not specifically involved in Ukraine, was also frustrated that there had been no response to an August inspector general’s report that found significant evidence of leadership and management problems ….
Politico also reported:
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Another former colleague told POLITICO that McKinley did not work directly on Ukraine-related issues but was concerned that standard diplomatic protocols were being sidelined in favor of a [Trump’s private lawyer Rudy] Giuliani-led campaign to discredit top U.S. officials who were unwilling to pursue politically motivated investigations of the president’s political opponents.
Some mainstream media outlets did not mention that McKinley did not have direct knowledge about Ukraine. Meanwhile, others, including NYT, AP, and Politico, buried that point in the middle of the article.
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Before resigning from his position at State last week, McKinley had worked as a diplomat for more than 35 years, serving as an American ambassador to Afghanistan, Colombia, Peru, and Brazil.
Although his testimony on Wednesday lasted more than five hours, it was shorter when compared to the depositions of other impeachment inquiry witnesses.
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