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Pompeo violated ethics rules by asking State Dept employees to do personal tasks -watchdog

PoliticsApr 16, 2021 07:00PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo violated federal ethics rules governing the use of taxpayer-funded resources when he, and his wife, asked State Department employees to carry out personal tasks more than 100 times, a government watchdog said in a report on Friday.

Pompeo, who was former President Donald Trump's last secretary of state, served until Jan. 20, when Republican Trump left the office after being defeated by Democrat Joe Biden in the November election.

Pompeo is seen as among a handful of Republicans with presidential ambitions for 2024, even though the former top diplomat has not confirmed that.

Pompeo and his wife asked a political appointee and other employees in his office to carry out tasks such as "picking up personal items, planning events unrelated to the Department's mission, and conducting such personal business as pet care and mailing personal Christmas cards," the State Department's Office of Inspector General (OIG) said in the report.

"The Pompeos made over 100 requests to employees in the office of the secretary to conduct work that appeared to be personal in nature," the report, which can be found here https://www.stateoig.gov/system/files/esp_21-02_-_review_of_allegations_of_misuse_of_department_of_state_resources.pdf, said.

Among the incidents detailed in the report were a request from Susan Pompeo for an aide to make two hair salon appointments for her. On another occasion, an under secretary of state appeared to help the Pompeos' son secure a discount for a hotel room, the report said.

Pompeo during his tenure had a contentious relationship with the Department's watchdog. A former inspector general, Steve Linick, was fired by Trump at Pompeo's recommendation.

Linick was probing whether Pompeo misused a taxpayer-funded political appointee to perform personal tasks for himself and his wife.

OIG said it had completed most of its fieldwork on the report by August 2020. Its completion of the report was delayed because Pompeo refused to grant an interview to the OIG for several months until sitting down with them in December.

Representatives for Pompeo did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A counsel for Pompeo cited in the report described it as "replete with factual errors" and accused the drafters of apparent bias against Pompeo and his family.

A State Department spokesman said the agency concurred with "all the recommendations (in the report) and will proceed to implement them."

Pompeo violated ethics rules by asking State Dept employees to do personal tasks -watchdog
 

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Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Apr 19, 2021 1:25AM ET
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What about Biden and his P E D O friends?
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Apr 19, 2021 12:34AM ET
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O please Reuters. Why dont you report Biden and his *******friends?
TL Chan
TL Chan Apr 18, 2021 10:50AM ET
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Get a life, do something meaning and don't waste people's reading this dam report!
TL Chan
TL Chan Apr 18, 2021 10:49AM ET
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Don't create news to waste people's times!
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TL Chan Apr 18, 2021 10:48AM ET
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Ru**ish reporting!
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President Xi Jinping Apr 17, 2021 4:33PM ET
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Pompeo should be in prison
Adrian White
Adrian White Apr 17, 2021 3:19PM ET
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Pompous Pompeo.
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Mein Ki Apr 17, 2021 3:44AM ET
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Attention! BS media reporting.
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found the trump foot kisser
Eudon Hickey
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What a silly article
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we need to lock this guy up for good.
Eudon Hickey
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Agree- Lockup the reporter
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Prosecution will be low hanging fruit to pick off.
Mike Nawrocki
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So what? We have politicians stealing millions of dollars selling pieces of America. But nothing happens there.....
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Christmas cards, salons? On the scale of corruption that has to be close to a zero.
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