No action is recommended against the former secretary of state, who is widely seen as seeking to run for president in 2024.
Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo violated federal ethical rules for the use of taxpayer-funded resources when he and his wife asked State Department staff members to perform personal duties more than 100 times. a government watchdog said in a report Friday.
Pompeo, who served as President Donald Trump’s last secretary of state, served until January 20, when Republicans Trump left office after being defeated by Democrat Joe Biden in the November elections.
Pompeo and his wife asked a politically appointed person and other staff in his office to perform tasks such as “cleaning up personal belongings, planning non-mission events. Department and does personal tasks such as taking care of pets and sending personalized Christmas cards ” Office of Inspector General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (OIG) said in the report.
“Pompeos made more than 100 requests for employees in the secretariat to conduct seemingly personal work,” the report said.
Among the incidents detailed in the report was a request from Susan Pompeo for an assistant to schedule two hair salons for her.
The report also states that Pompeos’s son received a discounted hotel room just for government employees when he accompanied his parents to a football match listed as an official trip.
No action is recommended against Pompeo, who left office after Trump’s election defeat and is widely seen as seeking to run for president in 2024.
‘Using public funds for the wrong purposes’
Pompeo quashed the report, saying it was politically motivated and filled with factual flaws.
“At no time do I, or my wife, Susan, misuse taxpayers’ money or violate rules or ethical standards,” Pompeo said in a statement.
“Our actions have been reviewed continuously by dozens of attorneys and we have made great efforts and complied with all requests,” he said.
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) April 16, 2021
During his tenure, Pompeo had a controversial relationship with the department’s watchdog. A former inspector-general, Steve Linick, was fired by Trump at Pompeo’s suggestion.
Linick is probing to see if Pompeo abused a taxpayer-sponsored political nominee to perform personal duties for himself and his wife.
OIG said it completed most of the field work on the report by August 2020. Completion of their report was delayed because Pompeo refused to give OIG an interview for several months until sitting. with them again in December.
A State Department spokesman said the agency agreed with “all recommendations [in the report] and will proceed to implement them ”.
Pompeo, a former lawyer and businessman, unlike many in Trump’s cabinet who is not personally wealthy, recently signed up as a commentator on Fox News and took up a position at the Hudson Institute.