Mike Pompeo and his wife asked State Department employees to do personal tasks for them – such as making hair appointments, taking care of their dog and picking up dinner – on more than 100 occasions, according to a watchdog report released Friday.
Pompeo and his wife, Susan Pompeo, asked a top State Department appointee and other agency staff to “undertake work of a personal nature, 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 Inspector General concluded in the report. The report was first obtained by Politico.
The Pompeo’s blizzard of requests violated federal ethics rules, the IG report concludes, though it noted that Pompeo is not subject to disciplinary action since he no longer holds federal office.
In a statement, Pompeo blasted the IG’s findings.
“At no time did I, or my wife Susan, misuse taxpayer money or violate rules or ethical norms,” he said. “This latest IG report is yet another attempt to slander me and worse, my wife by our own government.”
In a response published with the IG’s report, Pompeo’s attorney said the “vast majority” of requests were made by Susan Pompeo to a longtime friend who was also her husband’s senior adviser at the State Department.
In 2018, Pompeo ousted then Inspector General Steve Linick after the watchdog began investigating Pompeo’s use of State Department staff to run personal errands for himself and his wife. Critics said Pompeo was trying to shield himself from the probe.
Acting Inspector General Diana Shaw oversaw the completion of the investigation.
Among the Pompeo’s personal requests cited in the IG’s report:
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