Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend
Watchdog : Pompeo violated ethics rules
WASHINGTON — The State Department’s internal watchdog has concluded that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife violated federal ethics rules by asking staffers to run personal errands and perform non-official work such as making restaurant reservations, shopping and caring for their dog.
Because Pompeo is no longer a federal employee and not subject to federal disciplinary or other measures, the report did not call for any action against the former secretary who left office on Jan. 20 at the end of the Trump administration.
Instead, it recommended that the State Department clarify its policies to better define tasks that are inappropriate for staffers.
The report identified inappropriate tasks as including “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.