The State Department has been deeply shaken by the fast-growing impeachment investigation, as it indicates that President Donald Trump has enlisted diplomats to dig up dirt on a political rival who threatens to shake his reputation as a non-partisan US ex-party arm officials
The department, where morale was already low in a president who at times seemed hostile to his mission, is now being heard from announcements that put him at the center of an escalating political scandal, according to olyshnih diplomats fear that the turmoil harm US foreign policy objectives around the world.
"It's only been a shattering three years for the State Department," said Heather Conley, senior policy adviser at the State Department under President George W. Bush. "You can just feel that there is a sense of despair. They do not know who will be sued in the future."
The first blow was the release of a rough transcript of a July 25 call between Trump and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump insisted on investigating the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a competitor for Democratic politics.
In a call, Trump also abused a former US ambassador to Ukraine, who was fired in May amid a campaign coordinated by Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
On Thursday, text messages were released between Ukrainian Special Representative Kur Volker and two senior diplomats as they sought to participate in the Julian campaign with US support for Ukraine's search for potential political dirt.
"This is just the latest in a lot of very damaging things that have been done by the State Department," said Thomas Pickering, a former US ambassador to the United Nations and Russia under President G. eorge H.W. Bush. "This represents a new low that basically ignores and really punishes people who have made a professional commitment to the country and the Constitution."
With Washington undergoing escalation of the impeachment investigation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Europe, where he mostly tried to ignore the furore back home. But he weighed in Greece on Saturday, calling the investigation "clearly political" and saying the State Department's actions were aimed solely at improving relations with the new government of Ukraine. "We know exactly what we did there. We tried to create a situation where there would be no corrupt government."
At the beginning of the week, Pompeo first admitted that there had been a phone call between Trump and Zelensky in July. "I have almost every phone call with the president, with every world leader. The president has every right to have these conversations," Pompeo said Saturday.
The Democrats in Budapest begin an impeachment case in Ukraine after the government blames Trump's call for Zelensky and prompts a foreign government to interfere in US elections by digging dirt at Biden.
Trump has tried without evidence to involve Biden and his son Hunter in corruption that has long plagued Ukraine. Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company at the same time that his father ran the Obama administration's diplomatic agreements with Kiev. Although the timing has raised concerns among anti-corruption advocates, there has been no evidence of wrongdoing by either the former vice president or his son.
Trump has had strained relations with the State Department since taking office, repeatedly suggesting that he break it. its budget, leaving unfulfilled key positions and electing political appointments as foreign ambassadors to a greater degree than other recent presidents.
His removal from the US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Jovanovich, a distinguished career officer, and the dismissal of her "bad news" in the call has caused concern for many diplomats.
"This is a workforce that already feels besieged and underdeveloped and is constantly on the defensive," said Derek Schollett, a former senior policy advisor with the Department of Defense and the State Department. "The lack of her energetic protection is a signal that they are very vulnerable here. It just confirms their worst fears."
Conley, now the program director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, stated that the State Department had a bit of a job under Pompeo after the chaotic early administration of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
But now, according to her, the diplomats are clashing and confused about the fact that everything happened outside the ordinary channels, regardless of the long time.
Conley said that while in office, even when there were differences between senior executives, "there was respect for the hierarchy and process." And when something went wrong, there was a chain of command and a process that protected people.
But that has changed. "Nobody knows what's coming next," Conley said. "They all try their best, but no one touches, no one is hurt."
She said that foreign leaders coming to Washington could not make progress on important issues as Ukraine's furore overflows with the conversation, as it did during the Finnish president's visit earlier this week.
Other former officials and diplomats say the US position around the world is weakening.
"Even a hint that the president used his office's power to promote personal interests in future internal elections would significantly undermine the United States in diplomacy and military affairs ̵
" We are in a situation where not only unpredictability is a sign of the United States, but also unreliability, "Pickering said." that they were aware of and the United States have decreased. "
Lee reported from Ohrid, Northern Macedonia and Athens, Greece.