Trump regime Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants to escape the nightmare of being the administration's fall guy for Trump's Ukraine scandal (the legal fall guy is still very much going to be Giuliani) and resign so he can run for Senate back in Kansas.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told three prominent Republicans in recent weeks that he plans to resign from the Trump Administration to run for the U.S. Senate from Kansas in next year’s elections. The problem: how to get out in one piece.
Pompeo’s plan had been to remain at the State Department until early spring next year, the three Republicans tell TIME, but recent developments, including the House impeachment inquiry, are hurting him politically and straining his relationship with Trump.
So Pompeo is rethinking his calendar, say the top Republicans, one who served in the Trump Administration, another who remains in government, and a third who served in several high-ranking posts and is active in GOP politics. The timing of Pompeo’s resignation now will be decided by his ability to navigate the smoothest possible exit from the administration, the three Republicans say.
There is no indication whether Pompeo has discussed his plans with President Trump. Rumors of a Pompeo Senate campaign have circulated for months, and while Pompeo has said repeatedly that he has no intention of running, he has not ruled out a race. Pompeo aides previously have denied he was planning to step down. They declined to comment on the record for this story.
The thinking appears to be that if Pompeo simply resigns, that's punishment enough and he can restart his former congressional career running for the retiring Pat Roberts's seat, plus he figures he'd be doing Kansas Republicans a favor making sure somebody gets rid of Kris Kobach in the primary before he can lose another statewide race to the Democrats.
The actual feasibility of said plan in the wild, well, we're about to see how badly it crashes and burns.