Philip T. Reeker
Philip Thomas Reeker (born January 19, 1965) is an American diplomat and career foreign service officer with the Department of State who currently serves as Acting Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where he oversees a portfolio of 50 countries. He previously served at U.S. European Command (EUCOM) in Stuttgart, Germany, and Foreign Policy Advisor Program (POLAD) from 2017 to May 31, 2019. Reeker was also U.S. Consul General in Milan, Italy from September 5, 2014, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs from 2011 through 2013, and as the ambassador to Macedonia from 2008 to 2011. On Saturday, October 26, 2019 Reeker testified behind closed doors before several House Committees of US Congress in the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump and the Trump-Ukraine scandal. Investigators questioned the "high-ranking State Department official" regarding his knowledge of an apparent "shadow" foreign policy undertaking designed to pressure Ukraine for President Trump’s personal political benefit. Reeker testified that he did not know about a quid pro quo, or the Trump administration's alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine to initiate or launch an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden until the public announcement of the whistleblower complaint. However, Reeker said he was involved with the effort to put out an internal statement in support of Marie Yovanovitch, Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was ousted based on allegedly false allegations.