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

PoliticsApr 18, 2021 01:35PM 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 slammed the report, saying it was politically motivated and filled with factual errors.

"At no time did I, or my wife Susan, misuse taxpayer money or violate rules or ethical norms," Pompeo said in a statement. "Our actions were constantly reviewed by dozens of lawyers, and we made massive efforts, and did, comply with every requirement," he 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.

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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Cathy Bartlett
Cathy Bartlett Apr 19, 2021 2:48AM ET
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Reuters is full of crap! Fake baseless news!!! Get a life...
Anthony Anthony
Anthony Anthony Apr 19, 2021 2:27AM ET
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Bacon got fats not ethics
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Apr 18, 2021 8:12PM ET
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More drivel from socialist Canadian Reuters. They need to leave the country!
Joel Schwartz
Joel Schwartz Apr 18, 2021 6:59PM ET
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Of course he did. He’s an awful person.
David David
David9 Apr 18, 2021 6:39PM ET
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Anyone noticed? Pompeo's face looks like a devil...
oeg vokar
oeg vokar Apr 18, 2021 4:08PM ET
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mailing personal Christmas cards,"-is this a joke??? Trudeau gave 1 000 000 000 CAD to WE charity and they paid  200 000 CAD to his mother and brother for .....lectures...how to help poor kids in Africa, and sending postcards is an issue!!
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Me comment Apr 18, 2021 3:47PM ET
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He is racist thinks everybody is there to serve him just like trump did and all the other republicans.
Amon Inv
Amon Inv Apr 18, 2021 3:47PM ET
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So?
David David
David9 Apr 18, 2021 3:47PM ET
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ok, I have to give you explanation... that just meant Pompeo is a very bad person...
Clinton Powell
Clinton Powell Apr 18, 2021 3:09PM ET
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Well at least he AND his wife werent at J Epsteins ranchOr wasnt Cuomo added to Mt Touchmore?
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Apr 18, 2021 2:58PM ET
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Did he take any lavish vacations to europe and africa, listing his family members as government employees? Asking for a friend.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Apr 18, 2021 2:54PM ET
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News alert, no one cares.
Mohammad Karim
Mohammad Karim Apr 18, 2021 2:46PM ET
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supper fast
Mohammad Karim
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supper fast
Terence Williams
Terence Williams Apr 18, 2021 2:33PM ET
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It seems there may be organized hit teams to attack and destroy all connected to Trump.
Klaus Weyers
Klaus Weyers Apr 18, 2021 2:17PM ET
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nothing compared to hunter and sleepy joe
David David
David9 Apr 18, 2021 2:17PM ET
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Give examples...without that, it's all he said she said...
Trat Nguyen
Trat Nguyen Apr 18, 2021 2:17PM ET
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Hunter has no role in the federal government, you fraudster.
Anas lawal
Anas lawal Apr 18, 2021 2:08PM ET
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what's the plan
John Woods
John Woods Apr 18, 2021 2:03PM ET
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And the only people who give a hoot are the DNC and their surrogates - Reuters and the MSM... He’s a future Republican Star! Therefore he’s a target. Just ask DeSantis...
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Apr 18, 2021 1:53PM ET
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Oh boy more hard hitting investigative reporting by Reuters against the right. I'm so impressed by these people.
 
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