United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that he was on the phone call between US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, for which Trump now faces an impeachment attempt by Democratic Party politicians, during a press conference in Rome on Wednesday.

"I was on the phone call," Pompeo told reporters during a press conference with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.

The US Secretary of State did not elaborate on the conversation between the two leaders, stating that the phone call was made in the context of Washington's policy making in Ukraine.

US policy toward Ukraine has been "remarkably consistent" and focused on the goals of "taking down the threat that Russia poses" as well as helping Kiev fight corruption, said Pompeo.

Pompeo also ruled out the possibility of State Department officials testifying before Congress, in compliance with demands made by House Democrats. "We won't tolerate folks on Capitol Hill bullying, intimidating State Department employees," said Pompeo.

The US Secretary of State also touched down on Libya, Iran and Venezuela over the course of the press conference.

Trump is alleged to have asked Zelenskiy to find damaging information on the business dealings of Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden during a phone call. Hunter Biden worked as a board member in a Ukrainian gas company between 2014-2019.

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry into Trump over the allegations on September 24.

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