Reports have emerged that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s wife asked if senior staff members on the State Department might work through the week of Christmas final 12 months to help full the household’s private holiday cards.
According to emails obtained by McClatchy, Susan Pompeo asked an aide to the secretary of state who could be accessible the week of Christmas to help with the holiday cards.
“I see that you are out of the office all next week,” she wrote to Toni Porter, a longtime confidante of the secretary of state, on Dec. 19, 2019, from a private electronic mail account. “Do you know, is Joe also out? I’m wondering if we are sending the last of our personal cards out, who will be there to help me. Mike will not want to go outside you and Joe for this assistance.”
The electronic mail was despatched from a private electronic mail account.
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Porter, who at the moment serves as an adviser to the secretary of state, forwarded the request to Lisa Kenna, govt secretary on the State Department and a profession member of the Foreign Service.
“I’d worry about asking others for personal things,” Kenna replied to Porter. Kenna agreed to help the Pompeos in sending out their holiday cards.
The State Department has denied any wrongdoing on the a part of the Pompeos – saying in a press release to Fox News that Susan Pompeo “is a tremendous force multiplier for our diplomatic mission.”
“We are beyond proud and honored to have Mrs. Pompeo, and all diplomatic spouses, give so much time, voluntarily, to ensure we here at State are One Team with One Mission,” a spokesperson for the State Department mentioned. “All her service is not only legal, but admirable.”
The emails from Susan Pompeo are the primary publically accessible paperwork indicating that the secretary of state and his wife have used State Department staff to hold out private enterprise whereas on the clock for the federal authorities.
The revelations within the emails additionally come amid a congressional inquiry into the State Department’s firing of its inspector common earlier this 12 months.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel of New York, House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney, additionally of New York, and Senate Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez, of New Jersey, introduced the subpoenas compelling 4 Pompeo aides to testify as a part of their joint investigation into the firing of former State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.
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The subpoenas have been directed to Under Secretary of State for Management Brian Bulatao, appearing State Department Legal Adviser Mark String, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Michael Miller, and Pompeo’s senior adviser, Toni Porter.
The subpoenas come because the committees examine why President Trump fired Linick from his publish.
Linick, on the time of his firing, had been investigating the State Department’s $7 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, regardless of congressional objections. Linick additionally was probing whether or not Pompeo misused division funds for private errands resembling strolling his canine, making dinner reservations and choosing up his dry cleansing.
Linick defended his work as “impartial” and “without regard to politics,” throughout his closed-door testimony on Capitol Hill in June.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.