Trump’s Secretary of State employs Lewandowski Doctrine

A career diplomat, Michael McKinley, the Secretary of State’s former senior advisor, appointed by Secretary of State (former CIA director and handpicked Koch congressman)  Mike Pompeo, testified under oath about conversations with his boss that Pompeo had already denied knowledge of on television.   McKinley testified that he’d spoken to Pompeo, on three separate occasions, about issuing a statement of support for abruptly dismissed U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovich.    Mr. Pompeo had previously stated on television that he’d never heard a peep out of this distinguished diplomat, who has since resigned, about anything concerning Yovanovich’s dismissal.

Here is the actual bone of contention:

“From the time that Ambassador Yovanovitch departed Ukraine until the time that (McKinley) came to tell me that he was departing, I never heard him say a single thing about his concerns with respect to the decision that was made,” Pompeo said of McKinley. “Not once … did Ambassador McKinley say something to me during that entire time period.”

McKinley testified that he chose to resign because of what he saw as the use of ambassadors “to advance domestic political objectives” and a failure of the State Department to offer support for those officials caught up in the impeachment inquiry.

“The timing of my resignation was the result of two overriding concerns: the failure in my view, of the State Department to offer support to Foreign Service employees caught up in the impeachment inquiry; and, second, by what appears to be the utilization of our ambassadors overseas to advance domestic political objectives,” McKinley said. “To see the emerging information on the engagement of our missions to procure negative political information for domestic purposes, combined with the failure I saw in the building to provide support for our professional cadre in a particularly trying time, I think the combination was a pretty good reason to decide enough, that I had no longer a useful role to play.”

The State Department did not respond to CNN’s request for comment about the contradiction.


A career diplomat, speaking under penalty of perjury, versus a  loyal gunsel [1] of the president’s, speaking on television in defense of his unfairly beleaguered  boss’s innocence.    Who to believe?   Your view of who is telling the truth will depend on which side you’re on: the greatest president this nation has ever had or the despicable, treasonous, dangerous DEEP STATE who are hate-filled, vengeful, unscrupulous partisan snakes!

I will assume, for purposes of this post, that Mr. Pompeo was not being entirely truthful when he, arguably, deliberately misremembered on TV.  Now, before you rush to argue, let me set out Mr. Pompeo’s defense for this apparent calculated set-aside of candor (or simple compound memory lapse).   Pompeo is following the Lewandowski Doctrine, which can be summarized as:

I have no obligation to be honest with the media.

There is no doubt that a person has no legal obligation not to lie, except under very few, carefully delineated scenarios.   Lying under oath is perjury, and people can go to jail for it (though for a surprisingly short time, it turns out, in the cases of powerful liars).   There is libel — a specific circumstance when one side proves in court that the other side deliberately and maliciously spread a lie to damage the other person’s reputation.   There is a statute here and there about other kinds of lies being forbidden, but as a general rule: LYING IS NOT A FUCKING CRIME IN AMERICA, ASSHOLE!

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, confronted with videotape of himself that proved he was either lying on TV or had lied under oath, defiantly spat this doctrine at his accusers during testimony before Congress.   The media lies all the time, he said, why should anyone on the lying media be held to a higher standard?   His tough guy audience of one no doubt loved him for that bravura display of omerta-scented bravado [2].   

The Lewandowski Doctrine  is not a doctrine to build an empire on, I don’t think, or a just society, for that matter, but solid enough for someone like Mike Pompeo to rely on in telling anyone who thinks his arguable lying on camera is wrong to simply FUCKING FUCK OFF, ASSBITE!

Here’s a well-done short piece about Lewandowski’s contentious testimony before Congress. 


[1] check out the puckish definition here

[2]     “Omertà is a Southern Italian code of silence and code of honor that places importance on silence in the face of questioning by authorities or outsiders; non-cooperation with authorities, the government, or outsiders; and willfully ignoring and generally avoiding interference with the illegal activities of others.”   Wikipedia


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