Washington-Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo His wife asked State Department employees to do more than 100 personal tasks, such as booking hair, caring for dogs, and receiving supper. Watchdog report Released on Friday.
Pompeo and his wife, Susan Pompeo, told the Department of State’s top appointed staff and staff of other agencies that they would “receive personal belongings, plan events unrelated to the Department’s mission, and personal business such as pet care. I’ve asked you to take on work of a personal nature, such as implementation. I’ll mail you a personal Christmas card. ” This report was first obtained by Politico.
Pompeo’s blizzard violates federal ethical rules, the IG report concludes, but states that Pompeo is no longer in federal position and is no longer subject to disciplinary action.
In a statement, Pompeo blew up IG’s findings.
“I and my wife, Susan, have never misused taxpayers’ money or violated rules or ethical norms. This latest IG report is another attempt to slander me. Yes, and worse, a wife by our government. “
In an answer released with the IG report, Pompeo’s lawyer said Susan Pompeo had made “most” of the request to a longtime friend who was also a senior adviser to the State Department’s husband.
In 2018, Pompeo expelled then-inspector General Steve Linick after Watchdog began investigating Pompeo’s use of State Department staff to carry out personal errands for himself and his wife. .. Critics said Pompeo was trying to protect himself from the spacecraft.
Deputy Inspector General Diana Shaw oversaw the completion of the investigation.
In Pompeo’s personal request quoted in the IG report:
On several occasions in 2018 and 2019, both Pompeo and his wife asked a senior State Department adviser to take care of the dog. “These requests included picking up the dog from the house and dropping it with the boarder, picking it up from the boarder and returning it to the house, stopping at the house and taking the dog out when there was no dog.”
In January 2019, Pompeo contacted a Pentagon career employee to request a military service record for Mrs. Pompeo’s stepfather and ask him to qualify for a military protocol at a funeral.
In July 2019, Susan Pompeo asked the State Department’s chief appointed person to help her draft and submit a letter of recommendation for her personal friend’s medical school application.
In September 2019, Susan Pompeo asked the same employee to help her book two hairdressers.
“Finally, OIG found evidence suggesting that department staff may have helped arrange accommodation and charged a discounted hotel rate to Pompeos’ adult son in violation of ethical standards of conduct. “The report states.
IG’s office states that the Federal Code of Ethics “prohibits employees from using, directing, enforcing, or demanding the use of official time to perform other activities in public affairs.” I will. Unless the employee is paid individually for such work, it is considered an “inappropriate gift to the boss”.
This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Pompeo, wife asked State Department staff to handle a flock of personal work