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Dems Investigating Claims Pompeo Used His Security Detail To Pick Up Chinese Food, Dog From Groomer


Dems Investigating Claims Pompeo Used His Security Detail To Pick Up Chinese Food, Dog From Groomer

Democrats on an unnamed key House congressional committee are investigating allegations from a State Department whistleblower about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his family’s improper use of taxpayer-funded Diplomatic Security to run personal errands, reports CNN.

Congressional investigators told CNN that a State Department whistleblower has revealed that special agents are being asked to carry out some questionable tasks for the Pompeo family.

“In April, for example, an agent was asked to pick up Chinese food—without Pompeo in the car,” CNN reported. “The whistleblower said this led agents to complain that they are now serving as ‘UberEats with guns,’ which has created a buzz within the department, according to multiple Democratic congressional aides who cited the whistleblower.”

In another incident, the whistleblower told aides that a special agent was told to pick up Pompeo’s family dog from the groomer

“And CNN has seen a document given to the committee aides by the whistleblower showing that in January, Diplomatic Security was asked by a person in Pompeo’s office to pick up his adult son from Union Station in Washington and bring him to the family home,” CNN reported.

CNN adds:

A former senior Diplomatic Security official told CNN such tasks would not be appropriate—especially without the Secretary himself in the car at the time—unless some specific threat was identified that necessitated those trips. For example, they said when former Secretary of State Warren Christopher started in the job, he had hoped his agents would go get groceries for him, but had to be told that that’s not what they do.

The Diplomatic Security Service is the law enforcement and security arm of the State Department tasked with protecting US diplomacy and diplomats worldwide and securing the integrity of US travel documents.

According to the Code of Federal Regulations, a federal employee “shall not encourage, direct, coerce, or request a subordinate to use official time to perform activities other than those required in the performance of official duties or authorized in accordance with law or regulation.”

Former government ethics czar Walter Shaub told CNN “sending subordinates to run personal errands for you is the very definition of misuse of position.”

Congressional investigators say the State Department whistleblower told them the bigger issue causing concern among some agents is the question of why Pompeo’s wife, Susan, had a security detail assigned to her in 2018, even while she is at home in the United States.

“There is a lot of confusion among agents over this, over why this is justified,” one aide told CNN. “Because according to this source they have seen nothing to indicate it is justified. In fact just the opposite. It’s their understanding there was no finding of a high-enough level threat to merit this detail.” The whistleblower told these investigators that multiple special agents and supervisors within Diplomatic Security understood that a formal threat assessment had not been carried out, under longtime standard operating procedure, and that there is no specific threat against Susan Pompeo.


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