Pompeo says appropriate for Trump to ask Ukraine to probe corruption


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers statements at the State Department in Washington, U.S., October 9, 2019.REUTERS/Erin Scott

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was “wholly appropriate” for President Donald Trump to ask Ukraine’s leader to investigate corruption in his country.

“I found that to be wholly appropriate to try to get another country to stop being corrupt,” Pompeo said in an interview on PBS’s “NewsHour” program.

Pompeo has said he listened to the July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in which Trump asked Zelenskiy to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

The call has sparked a U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment probe of Trump.

Reporting by Eric Beech, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

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