Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend

Watchdog : Pompeo violated ethics rules

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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.

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