WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife have asked State Department employees to take on personal tasks for them – like making hair appointments, taking care of their dog and taking the dinner – more than 100 times, according to a surveillance report released Friday.
Pompeo and his wife, Susan Pompeo, asked a State Department appointee and other agency staff “to undertake work of a personal nature, such as picking up belongings, planning trips. events unrelated to the Department’s mission and carrying out personal activities such as caring for pets and sending personal Christmas cards, ”the State Department Inspector General concluded in the report. was first obtained by Politico.
Pompeo’s blizzard of demands violated federal ethics rules, the IG report concludes, while noting that Pompeo is no longer subject to disciplinary action as he no longer holds federal office.
Pompeo’s lawyer criticized the IG’s findings as a one-sided attack full of “willful misrepresentation and half-truths.” In a response released with the IG report, the attorney said the “vast majority” of the requests were made by Susan Pompeo to a longtime friend who was also her husband’s senior advisor in the department of State.
In 2018, Pompeo then ousted Inspector General Steve Linick after the watchdog began investigating Pompeo’s use of State Department personnel to do personal errands for himself and his wife. Critics said Pompeo was trying to protect himself from the probe.
Acting Inspector General Diana Shaw oversaw the completion of the investigation.
Among Pompeo’s personal requests cited in the IG report:
- Repeatedly in 2018 and 2019, Pompeo and his wife asked a senior State Department adviser to help them with their dog. “These requests … included picking up the dog at their home and dropping it off at a boarder; picking it up from the boarder and returning it to their home; and stopping at their home to drop off the dog. dog go out when they were not at home. home. “
- In January 2019, Pompeo asked a career Department of State employee to contact the Department of Defense and request the military service records of Ms. Pompeo’s stepfather so that he would qualify for military protocol during of his funeral.
- In July 2019, Susan Pompeo asked someone appointed by the State Department to help her draft and submit a letter of recommendation for a personal friend’s candidacy for medical school.
- In September 2019, Susan Pompeo asked the same employee to help her make two appointments at the hair salon.
“Finally, the OIG found evidence that suggests that Department staff helped arrange accommodation and may have requested a reduced hotel rate for the Pompeios’ adult son in violation of standards of ethical conduct,” says The report.
The IG office notes that federal ethics rules “prohibit employees from encouraging, directing, coercing or requiring a junior employee to use official time to perform activities other than those” set out in their government functions. It is considered an “inappropriate gift to the superior” unless the employee is paid separately for such duties.