It is Saturday, but Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker is on the Hill for a deposition in the impeachment inquiry. On Friday, the Undersecretary for Management Brian Bulatao reportedly sent a letter to Ambassador Reeker’s lawyer ordering him not/not to testify.
Below is his official bio via state.gov:
Ambassador Philip T. Reeker is the Acting Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs since March 18.
Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Reeker assumed his duties as the USEUCOM Civilian Deputy and POLAD November 2017 and will continue to serve in this position until May 31, 2019. Prior to that he served as the United States Consul General in Milan, covering northern Italy beginning in September 2014. From July 2011 through 2013, Ambassador Reeker served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs focused on the Balkans, Central Europe, and Holocaust Issues.
He was U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia from 2008 to 2011, and Deputy State Department Spokesman/Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, under Secretaries of State Albright and Powell (2000-2004). Previous assignments also include: Minister Counselor for Public Affairs under Ambassador Ryan Crocker at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq (2007-2008); Deputy Chief of Mission in Budapest (2004-2007); and Director of Press Relations at the State Department (1999-2000). He was Spokesman for the Special Envoy for Kosovo, Ambassador Christopher Hill. Ambassador Reeker joined the Foreign Service in 1992, and served earlier tours in Budapest, Hungary and Skopje, Macedonia.
Ambassador Reeker is the 2013 Recipient of the Robert C. Frasure Memorial Award for “his commitment to peace and the alleviation of human suffering caused by war or civil injustice” in the Balkans; the National Albanian American Council presented Ambassador Reeker with its “Hands of Hope Award” the same year. He received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy in 2003, and several State Department Superior Honor Awards.
Ambassador Reeker is a graduate of Yale University (1986), and received an MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management in Arizona (1991). Born in Pennsylvania, Ambassador Reeker grew up in several U.S. cities and spent his high school years in Brisbane, Australia. His foreign languages are: Hungarian, Macedonian, Italian, and German.
Phil Reeker has arrived on the Hill to testify in the impeachment inquiry. Last night, the department’s undersecretary for management, Brian Bulatao, sent his lawyer a letter telling him not to testify. 1/4
— Nicholas Wadhams (@nwadhams) October 26, 2019
State dept aide Philip Reeker has arrived to testify in impeachment inquiry. He is under subpoena pic.twitter.com/x5oUgR6zB9
— Erik Wasson (@elwasson) October 26, 2019
Philip Reeker, a senior State Department official, was set to tell House impeachment investigators that Pompeo and other top officials stymied a show of solidarity for the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine after Trump had her removed. @vmsalama scoop: https://t.co/tyl4NzVtGZ
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) October 26, 2019
State's Philip Reeker, whose testimony is still ongoing, is expected to testify that he did not learn about the push to have Ukraine announce an investigation into 2016 and the Bidens until it came out publicly, w/ @kylieatwood https://t.co/AC1xdJFWcx
— Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) October 26, 2019