No action has been recommended against the former secretary of state, who is widely expected to run for president in 2024.
Former United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also violated federal policy governing the use of taxpayer-funded companies when he and his wife asked State Department employees to perform private work more than 100 times, a government observer said in a report Friday.
Pompeo, former President Donald Trump’s last secretary, also served until January 20, when Republican Trump stepped down after losing to Democrat Joe Biden in the November election.
Pompeo and his wife, a political employer and other employees in his office, have been asked to “carry out personal business, such as picking up personal items, planning events related to the department’s mission, and caring for pets and managing personal Christmas cards.” In the report, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the State Department.
“Pompeos made more than 100 requests to staff at the secretary’s office to conduct work that seemed to be of a personal nature,” the report said.
Among the incidents described in the report was a request to make two hair salon appointments for Susan Pompeo.
The report further states that Pompey’s son received a discounted hotel room for government employees only when he was listed as an official tour attendant at a football game with his parents.
No action has been recommended against Pompeo, who resigned following Trump’s election defeat, and is widely expected to run for president in 2024.
‘Misuse of government funds’
Pompeo also strongly condemned the report, saying it was politically motivated and filled with truthful errors.
Pompeo also said in a statement, “Neither I nor my wife Susan have ever abused taxpayers’ money or violated rules or ethics.
“Our actions were constantly reviewed by dozens of lawyers, and we tried a lot, and complied with every need,” he said.
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) April 16, 2021
Pompeo had a controversial relationship with the department’s surveillance during his tenure. Former Inspector General Steve Linick was fired by Trump on Pompeo’s advice.
Linick investigated whether Pimpio had abused a taxpayer-funded political appointment to perform personal work for himself and his wife.
The OIG said the report completed most of its fieldwork by August 2020. The completion of the report was delayed because Pompeo refused to give an interview to the OIG for several months since he did not sit down in December.
A State Department spokesman said the agency had agreed to all the recommendations [in the report] And they will move forward in implementation. “
Pompeo, a former lawyer and businessman who, unlike most of Trump’s cabinet, was not personally wealthy, recently signed on as a commentator on Fox News and took a position at the Hudson Institute.